Cannes: Briton dies following yacht collision

  • Cannes: Briton dies following yacht collision

Cannes: Briton dies following yacht collision

Witnesses said that the crew member was lifting the anchor of the boat when he was hit by the other vessel and "suffered severed trauma".

A 29-year-old Briton died when two yachts collided off the French Riviera resort of Cannes, the regional maritime prefecture said on Sunday.

The prefecture said that "despite all attempts at resuscitation" the man was declared dead after a "cardiac arrest".

The maritime prefecture added that the collision happened after one yacht, Vision, sought to manoeuvre past the Minx which was anchored. Maritime police and emergency services personnel rushed to the incident at around 9pm on Saturday evening.

The "Minx" can be chartered for around £44,000 a week and can sleep 8 guests in four rooms, and there is also room for four crew members. Both yachts were very badly damaged on their bows, but were able to sail back to port afterwards.

The Maritime Prosecutor of Marseilles has launched an investigation into the death, in conjunction with the Maritime Gendarmerie Research Brigade.

Saturday was the last day of this year's show, when stars from all over the world, including Hollywood, descend on Cannes for a week or film releases, prizes and parties.