An update on the salvage operation to remove 49m (161ft) Aegean Yacht 007 was released following her sinking in September 2022.
Mayor Stamatios Garderis of the island of Kythnos, in the Cyclades shared photos with the caption, “Ready to set sail. It’s a matter of hours before 007 is removed,” following her refloating and hoisting her into the upright position on March 21.
The yacht ran aground six months ago after striking an obstruction underwater as a result of navigational system failure. She was then deliberately grounded 15 meters from shore to avoid her sinking into deeper waters. Authorities contained any potential pollution or floating debris by removing what they could in September and installing a floating seawall to avoid anything being carried out to sea.
Now that the salvage operation has been completed, authorities will be able to review the damage done to the area. Five passengers were safely rescued in September, with the owner finally initiating the salvage mission after an ultimatum given to them by the Greek authorities – remove the yacht or face severe fines.
It is unknown where the yacht will be headed now that she is afloat.