French yacht that sank in Aegean was Turkish-built, reports said
In this Greek Coast Guard photo released on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, a Greek air force helicopter flies over a half sunken 60-meter French-flagged yacht. AP photo
A French-flagged boat that went down in the Aegean Sea on Feb. 17 was built in a shipyard in Istanbul, daily Milliyet reported today.
The yacht, named "Yogi," was built by the Proteksan Turqoise shipmakers and had an estimated price tag of 35 million euros.
The vessel reportedly listed to one side due to harsh weather conditions near the Greek island of Skyros in the early hours of Feb. 17.
The yacht's captain and seven crew members climbed to the hull of the ship that stayed above water after failing to keep the vessel afloat.
Greek coast guard dispatched two rescue helicopters and several rescue boats to evacuate the distressed crew, the report said. All eight members of the yacht's crew were safely taken on board a rescue helicopter.
The 60-meter "Yogi," constructed in 2011, belonged to a French businessman, the report said, and added that it was among the boats that were showcased at the 21st Monaco Yacht Fair last year.