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A Saudi Prince's £65m Yacht Capsized On Its Way To Be Repaired

A Saudi Prince's £65m Yacht Capsized On Its Way To Be Repaired

A Saudi prince has had an absolute shocker after his £65 million ($79,000) yacht capsized while it was being taken for some repairs.

The luxury Nourah of Riyad, which measures 230ft, was being lifted out of the water when it ended up being dropped on its side, causing it to become partially submerged.

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Owned by Saudi prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd Al Saud, the expensive vessel can sleep up to 18 guests, boasting 11 cabins, including a master suite and a VIP state room - it even has a cinema and a jacuzzi.

However, the boat, which was built in Turkey in 2008, came a cropper when it was being pulled out of the water in Athens, Greece, ahead of a service.

The boat was reportedly dropped while on its way to be repaired. Credit: Triangle News
The boat was reportedly dropped while on its way to be repaired. Credit: Triangle News

The yacht was also said to have damaged a neighbouring shipyard as a result of the accident, as well as nearby tourist boat Lamadin.

In photographs shared online, the boat can be seen lying, unfortunately, on its side.

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Commenting on a picture of the capsized boat, one person wrote: "Insured so he will just get another one. Probably even bigger."

While another added: "Ouch....that is going to cost a pretty penny."

But this isn't the first yacht to have an unfortunate accident of late.

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Saudi prince Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd Al Saud (left). Credit: PA
Saudi prince Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd Al Saud (left). Credit: PA

Last year, a ship carrying $1 billion of cocaine and ecstasy crashed on an Australian reef and became stuck on an island off Geraldton.

Community members alerted authorities about the 15m yacht that was in trouble, but cops got way more than they bargained for when they saw what was in it.

According to the ABC, when a 51-year-old French national and a 34-year-old English man realised their boat was stuck, they chucked the incredible amount of drugs onto a smaller vessel and took it to nearby Burton Island.

Their ingenious plan was reportedly to bury the enormous stash and then come back later when the heat cooled off.

Last year, Australian police discovered $1 billion of cocaine and ecstasy on a crashed boat. Credit: WA Police
Last year, Australian police discovered $1 billion of cocaine and ecstasy on a crashed boat. Credit: WA Police

But this was all foiled when police stumbled across them trying to cover the bags of drugs with seaweed. We're not drug trafficking experts here but you'd surely think that this plan was going to fail.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said: "The sea search and rescue phase continued until we spotted a couple of men on a nearby island with a small tender.

"When those persons were under observation, they tried to conceal both the drugs and themselves and then it escalated, of course, into an investigation.

"I think the people who stand accused are probably going to have a story to tell as to how it got upon the reef.

"I doubt whether it was planned."

Featured Image Credit: Triangle News

Topics: World News, Interesting, Australia

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]