Over the last few days, word began circulating about the sinking of Fox, a 60-meter (197-footer) vessel being refitted as a superyacht in Bangkok at Ruea Yachts, the new-build division of Yacht Solutions. According to a report in the Bangkok Post, the accident occurred on Friday, with the yacht tipping on her side as she was lowered into the water. Employees tried unsuccessfully to adjust the cables and prevent the tipping, and further tried to right her with buoys once she was in the water, also to no avail.
The owner’s representatives and Yacht Solutions released the following joint statement on Wednesday:
Due to reasons as yet unknown the 60 metre Motor Yacht Fox sadly partially sank as she was launched from the slipway at a Bangkok shipyard where she had undergone a major refit.
Surveyors and insurance companies are now assessing the damage to see how best the vessel can be salvaged.
All parties concerned in the refit who have expended a huge amount of time and effort into the project are devastated and respectfully request that the incident is not discussed, or publicized in any way beyond this statement.
At this point in time there is little point in surmising, speculating or guessing what went wrong as a full investigation is still ongoing and a full report of the facts will be known upon conclusion of that investigation.