Storms slam yachts into coast at Rapallo

Vessels blown out of berths at private harbour

(ANSA) - Genoa, October 30 - The wave of extreme weather that is pounding Italy caused violent waves and winds to break very many large luxury yachts away from their berths and slammed them into the coastline at the private Carlo Riva Marina at Rapallo, near Genoa.
    Of the 390 yachts in the marina, half were destroyed, marina director Marina Scarpino said.
    "Ten-metre-high waves struck the rocks for hours and their force broke the storm barrier for 300 metres.
    "After the collapse in 2000, because of another freak wave, we had rebuilt the dam higher by 1.30 metres taking it up to 6.5 metres.
    "But it was not enough with this exceptional event".