After it caught fire and was damaged beyond repair and saving, a cargo ship carrying up to nearly 4,000 luxury cars has sunk into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Felicity Ace was on its way to a port in Rhode Island from Germany on Wednesday on February 16th. However, it was forced to send out distress signals after a fire lit up one of its cargo decks.
The 22 crew members were evacuated, thankfully resulting in no one being injured. However, the millions of dollars worth of cars were not retrieved due to the flames. Porches, Bentleys, Lamborghinis and other vehicles have been submerged to the depths.
Efforts to tow the ship were futile, revealed the Felicity Ace Incident Information Centre. Initial reports from the local salvage team state that the vessel had sunk at around 9am local time on March 1st.
Any salvage crafts will remain around the area to monitor the situation, with further information being provided as it becomes available. It is unclear what started the blaze, but some suspect that lithium-ion batteries in EVs aboard the ship caught fire.
A total of 3,965 Volkswagen Group Vehicles were being carried on board. Around a quarter of them were allegedly Porches, along with around 189 Bentleys and an unknown numbers of Audis and Volkswagens. The vehicles are valued at closer to $500 million overall.