Yacht with Kazakh tourists catches fire off coast of Sardinia (VIDEO)

Yacht with Kazakh tourists catches fire off coast of Sardinia (VIDEO)

Dramatic footage shot by the Italian coast guard showed a burning yacht sinking below the surface of the Mediterranean off the coast of Sardinia.

Coast guard officials had said they rescued 17 people from the vessel, which left a plume of smoke behind as it disappeared into the water on Tuesday.

Two coast guard boats and a helicopter were involved in the operation, Euronews reported.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, the 50-metre yacht, the Lady MM, was heading from Capri to Sardinia when a fire broke out on board.

The 17 people, which included eight tourists from Kazakhstan and nine crew members, had already abandoned the ship and were in a smaller boat when the coast guard arrived.

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