A mast killed three people on a charter yacht


Three German tourists were killed when the mast collapsed on a sailing yacht in Harlingen, the Netherlands.

A German family had rented a vintage ketch for a tourist trip on the outskirts of the Dutch city. The skipper of the 24.3-meter classic sailing yacht Amicitia, built in 1889, was the owner. His wife was also on board with him. A total of 14 people were on the boat at the time of the accident.

The top of the forward wooden mast broke off and fell, crushing the family of three, aged 19,43 and 48. The causes of the collapse are currently unknown. Police have questioned the 51-year-old owner of the ketch and an investigation is underway.