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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 April 2019

Stricken Dubai party yacht spotted bobbing off beach

Workers appeared to try to bring the vessel ashore on Saturday to no avail

The sunken yacht is located about 200 metres off Jumeirah Beach Residence and is being supported by two inflatable devices. Leslie Pableo for The National
The sunken yacht is located about 200 metres off Jumeirah Beach Residence and is being supported by two inflatable devices. Leslie Pableo for The National

A yacht that sank off Dubai Marina was spotted bobbing in the sea on Sunday after efforts to salvage the vessel stalled.

The boat was seen off Jumeirah Beach Residence and was prevented from becoming completely submerged by two inflatable booms.

It is located about 100 metres off shore and appeared to be in deeper water on Sunday than on the previous day.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - A sunken yatch in front of Jumeirah Beach Residence with floaters on the side. Leslie Pableo for The National
The partially sunken yacht in the waters off Jumeirah Beach Residence. Leslie Pableo for The National

As The National reported at the weekend, 11 passengers and crew were rescued when the rented yacht began taking on water at around 12.45pm on Thursday.

Three crew members and eight tourists — Russian, British and French nationals — were picked up by a police boat.

On Saturday evening, the boat appeared to have been partly salvaged and was seen close to the shore.

Efforts are continuing to recover the yacht. Rory Reynolds / The National
Efforts are continuing to recover the yacht. The National

Another boat and a number of workers were seen hopping on to the vessel but it was not brought ashore.

The owner of the yacht, which is just under 17m in length, declined to discuss the accident when contacted by The National.

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