Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis rescued by helicopter after his yacht caught fire (Video)

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis survived a horrific incident on Sunday, as he and his family were airlifted by helicopter after his yacht caught fire off shore.

The yacht was in Naples at the time of the fire.

According to reports, 12 people were rescued off the vessel, while the cause of the fire remains unknown.

De Laurentiis told the media: “Fortunately it all went well. I don’t know what happened, perhaps a short-circuit. Were we frightened? Anyone in our position would have been.”

Video of the burning yacht can be seen below.