The 30-metre yacht Stoli with three sailors on-board (or 33) struck a small group of islands Les îlots des Moines (the islets of the Monks), 3.5 km off Roccapina, on the night of May 16-17, according to local media Corse Matin. The vessel reportedly departed from Sardinia heading to Saint-Tropez.


Saint-Tropez is a Provençal town, 104 km to the east of Marseille, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France. It is also the principal town in the canton of Saint-Tropez. Saint-Tropez is located on the French Riviera. It was a military stronghold and an unassuming fishing village until the beginning of the 20th century. It was the first town on this coast to be liberated during World War II. After the war, it became an internationally-known seaside resort, renowned principally because of the influx of artists of the French New Wave in cinema and the Yé-yé movement in music. It later became a resort for the European and American jet set and a goal for tourists in search of a little Provençal authenticity and an occasional celebrity sighting. (Idol Worship) The inhabitants of Saint-Tropez are called Tropéziens, and the town is familiarly called St-Trop.


The captain stranded the boat at Tradicettu (best as I can discover this means Translation) beach after the collision to avoid sinking, where she stayed for more than a week on the shore. Last weekend, Stoli was bailed out and towed to the port of Propriano. The crew members were taken care of, found shocked though not injured.  (SO, the crew members were there for a week…symbolic of the time of tribualtion?) 


English – Etymology  –   Shortening.

(SO, the Ships name means SHORTENING.. as in the TIME is being shortened?)
The operation of carrying the 115-tonnes boat was performed by the sea rescuers of the SNSM Propriano, the Sea and Assistance Company and BEXMA Expertises Maritimes.

Earlier, hazard weather conditions did not allow the towing of the yacht. During the operation, the rescuers had to pump fuel into the bunkers, mandated by the shipowner and insurance terms. 
The specialised team extracted 10,000 litres of diesel oil, sea water and viscous liquid within 19 hours. Meanwhile, the risks of pollution were eliminated, thanks to erected floating pollution barriers.
This operation has mobilised for more than a week more than thirty marine rescuers of SNSM Propriano. Further investigations are under way to permanently secure the boat to a port where it will be landed.
Since the accident, the three sailors have been heard by the Maritime Gendarmerie. For the moment, the collision with the islands remains unexplained, even if the yacht was sailing at a rather high speed. 
Photos: Les Sauveteurs en Mer – SNSM Propriano.