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French yacht sinks off the coast of Greek islands, all aboard survive

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An aerial view taken from a Greek military Super Puma all-weather helicopter shows a 60-meter-long yacht running adrift after taking in water in the sea area between the islands of Skyros and Psarra, central Aegean Sea, Greece on Feb. 17. All passengers and crew, eight French nationals, were airlifted from the distressed yacht and are all safe.

Hellenic Air Force / EPA

A handout picture provided by the Hellenic Air Force taken from a military Super Puma all-weather helicopter shows a 60-meter long yacht running adrift after taking on water between the islands of Skyros and Psarra, central Aegean Sea, Greece on Feb. 17. All the passengers and crew, eight French nationals, were airlifted from the distressed yacht and are all safe.

A luxury yacht cruising the Aegean sea sank off the coast of Greece. According to Turkey's Daily News, the yacht "suffered mechanical failure in gale-force winds," and began to take in water. The eight French passengers and crew aboard were rescued after the captain sent out a distress signal.

The scene is reminiscent of the luxury cruise Costa Concordia, which hit a reef off the coast of Italy's Giglio island on Jan. 13 when the captain brought the ship too close to shore. It killed 17 people, and 16 people remain missing and are presumed dead.

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