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Sailboat catches fire during Palermo-Monte Carlo race

Crew and captain rescued, no one injured

Sailboat catches fire during Palermo-Monte Carlo race

(ANSA) - Rome, August 21 - A Russian captain and crew competing in the Palermo-Monte Carlo sailing race were forced to evacuate their vessel after it caught fire off the coast of Sardinia early Tuesday. The Italian coast guard rescued the entire crew of eight, including 63-year-old skipper Valentin Zubkov, around 2 am near the island of La Maddalena. Race organizers say that the cause of the fire is still unknown and that there were no injuries.

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