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Y.CO statement following serious crew casualty on superyacht Kibo

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Y.CO has commented on the serious crew incident that took place earlier this month on board superyacht Kibo. The incident occurred onboard the 82 metre superyacht in Palma, Mallorca, on Sunday 3 May, resulting in a serious crew casualty.

A crew member fell into the water whilst carrying out routine maintenance work outboard. He was recovered from the water by on-board divers and given CPR by the crew before being transported to a nearby hospital to receive emergency treatment. He continues to receive ongoing medical care and treatment for his injuries to this date.

Y.CO states that they are providing post-incident support to all parties, and that they are working closely with the vessel’s insurers and Owners to coordinate the full coverage of immediate and ongoing medical expenses to the crew member involved, and financial assistance to enable his family to remain by his side.

Gary Wright, Co-Founder and Chairman of Y.CO, said: “We are deeply saddened by this incident. As the yacht’s managers we are offering our full support to the crew member’s family, whom I have met with personally. Out of respect for all those involved, including the Owner and those crew aboard the vessel, we ask the media and the industry not to draw conclusions or to speculate until the investigation is complete. This incident is a harsh reminder of the dangers that all mariners face daily and why our focus remains on promoting and prioritising safety onboard the vessels we work with. At this difficult time our thoughts remain with the crew member and his family."

The Cayman Islands Flag State is now conducting a full inquiry into the incident, and a Cayman Islands surveyor has been appointed to the case.

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