According to Euro Weekly News, authorities gave the owner a 24-hour deadline for deciding what to do with the boat, but instead of that, he chose to flee. Apparently, that’s because he couldn’t reach an agreement with the insurance company regarding the responsibility for saving the vessel.
Neeveen (named after sheik Mohamed Ashmawi’s daughter, back in 1986) was finally recovered and brought to the Motril port, local authorities have announced. It spent more than a week stranded, which caused further damage, and authorities had to use pressurized air balloons to give it buoyancy. They also had to carefully remove 6,500 liters (1,700 gallons) of diesel, to prevent environmental accidents. It was a complex operation, but eventually, the yacht made it safely to the Motril port.
Its millionaire owner, however, declined any responsibility and took off after refusing to cooperate with local authorities. The 88-footer (27.4 meters) that was once the expensive toy of a famous sheik will now be auctioned off or, even worse, scrapped if its condition is too bad.
Built by the Dutch shipyard Van Mill, Neeveen boasted a luxurious exterior created by Antonio Maggini Design. It can accommodate up to eight guests in four generous cabins and traveled regularly in the Mediterranean at a cruising speed of 16 knots (18 mph/29.6 kph). Its original owner, the Saudi businessman, passed away a few years ago, but he most likely never imagined that his beloved luxury yacht would end up abandoned by a careless new owner.
??Ya está en tierra el yate #Neeveen, que varó en la playa de #Carchuna.— Ministerio Transportes, Movilidad y A. Urbana (@mitmagob) February 21, 2022
Capitanía Marítima de #Motril felicita al grupo de operaciones especiales de @salvamentogob por el trabajo desarrollado en la descontaminación y en el reflotamiento del barco.#mareslimpios #maresseguros pic.twitter.com/8tQuCAnOcE