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Yacht Phocea

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Bad luck! After completing her big voyage - see http://www.sakenphocea.com - superyacht Phocea, now renamed to Enigma, anchored off Phuket. There she was caught in a heavy storm in March 2014...
Buffeted by huge waves whipped up the extremely strong winds, Phocea lost her anchor and was driven into the reef. She hit it with full force and nearly sunk. Only throught the utmost efforts of her amazing crew and her owner, Pascal Vu Anh Quan Saken, she was prevented form being totally lost...

Even so, considerable damage was caused. The boat will have to undergo a total rebuilt to make her seaworthy again. She will be brought to a shipyard in Malaysia, and the extensive repairs and rebuild of Phocea/Enigma are estimated to require approximately 2 years' time...
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In November 2013 wealthy businessman Pascal Vu Anh Quan Saken's large luxury megayacht, Phocea, survived the heaviest storm in Phuket since the Tsunami 2004 disaster without sustaining any damage, as she is a very strongly built boat. Many other boats were not that lucky: You can see our photos documenting the carnage on the beach of Phuket below.
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Phocea was subjected to heavy wave action (see videos below) and got stuck for 4 days. Her keel had sunk 1.5 m deep into the mud. We tried to pull her out with a tugboat for 4 days, but failed despite repeated efforts. Our rescue team also included 3 professional divers. During the work one of our workers lost a finger and had to undergo medical treatment.

            
Finally we had to wait for the high tide at full moon to pull her out. So we started a night resuce operation by using 2 tugboats and at midnight we succeeded in pulling her out.

Thereafter Mr. Pascal Saken invested 3 million Euros for modifying Phocea. She was then renamed to Enigma. You can see more info about the rebuilding work at http://www.enigmayacht.com.
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