A helicopter flies with yachts in background during the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes last week. Photo: Laurent EMMANUEL / AFP
The administration said the vessels, both around 27 metres long, collided around 9 pm on Saturday as one, Vision, sought to manoeuvre past the Minx, at anchor off the small island of Sainte-Marguerite.
“In spite of all attempts to resuscitate” the victim “died following a heart attack”, the prefecture stated, adding he was hauling up the anchor when the collision occurred.
The prefecture said the remaining 17 people aboard the two vessels had been safely taken off overnight and maritime police were investigating.