Benetti yacht charter ship in distress after taking on water

CAROLINA (Reuters) – A luxury yacht club was forced to abandon a luxury yacht charter vessel that took on water and sank off the coast of Carolina, authorities said on Thursday.

The yacht club’s charter ship, Benetti Yachts yachting club, was on a four-day cruise off the east coast when it became lost, said Carolinas Maritime National Guard.

The yacht club said it lost contact with the vessel about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and it sank.

The club did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“The vessel’s owner reported the yacht club to the Coast Guard and that it lost communication with the club’s captain,” the National Guard said in a statement.

“No one was on board at the time and the vessel was not in sight.”

The yacht, which was registered to the Club Atlantic, was not listed on the Club Pacific website, and the yacht’s charter was not immediately available.

The vessel was on its maiden voyage in June, according to the club.

Benetti, which is based in Newport, Rhode Island, was scheduled to sail to Florida in July for the Florida Keys Caribbean cruises.

The group is known for its luxury yacht tours, which often include stops in Cuba and the Bahamas.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the vessel’s sinking, which authorities said could have happened as it drifted along the Atlantic Ocean.

It is not known what caused the yacht to take on water.