Border Force boards US billionaire's £48m superyacht in UK harbour

Moment UK Border Force officials board US property billionaire’s £48million superyacht as it arrives in Devon to check there are no  migrants smuggled onboard

  • The luxury vessel is reportedly owned by Dwight Schar, a US property magnate said to be worth $1.8 billion
  • The £48 million superyacht arrived in Dartmouth, Devon on Tuesday and moored in the centre of River Dart
  • Last night, four Border Force officers were pictured boarding the Bella Vita, before it then left the area 
  • Border Force said officers ‘routinely undertake searches of arriving vessels in line with statutory customs’

A £48 million ($60 million) superyacht owned by a US property billionaire has been boarded by Border Force officers in a UK harbour just to make sure it had no stowaway migrants on board.

The 60m-long Bella Vita was photographed in Dartmouth, Devon on Tuesday.

The luxury vessel is owned by Dwight Schar, a US property magnate said to be worth $1.8 billion. He founded construction company NVR and was a minority partner in the Washington Football Team.

Border Force officers then climbed out of the rib and boarded the Bella Vita from the aft of the £48 million superyacht

The 60m-long Bella Vita arrives in in Dartmouth, South Devon. The superyacht is reportedly owned by US billionaire Dwight Schar

Yesterday, the Border Force vessel closely passed the gleaming yacht while moored in the centre of the river

The Border Force boat then moored, before launching a rib and motoring towards the superyacht 

The luxury vessel is owned by Dwight Schar, a US property magnate said to be worth $1.8 billion. He founded construction company NVR, Inc

Five Border Force officers were seen approaching the superyacht in their black rib, dressed in their black uniforms

The Border Force rib took five officers, two sat in the bow and three in the aft, to the Bella Vita while it was moored in the river

A Home Office spokesperson said that officers ‘routinely undertake searches of arriving vessels’ 

The Bella Vita travels along the coastline as it arrives in south Devon this week

One Border Force officer remained on the rib as four other officers boarded the Bella Vita last night 

Border Force officers returned to their own vessel after visiting the Bella Vita, and can be seen motoring towards the launch

They return the rub to the boat’s launch, where it is kept for quick access. One officer can be seen reaching for a rope

The five officers secure the rib after returning from inspecting the Bella Vita in the River Dart

The German-built boat can house up to 12 guests and boasts a ‘world renowned crew’, according to a listing online. A cinema, grand piano and a glass elevator can all also be found across six decks of luxury. 

It was built in 2010, and was bought by US Billionaire George Argyros in 2014, and named Huntress. 

It is reported by SuperYachtFan that Mr Argyros and Mr Schar ‘swapped’ boats, with Mr Schar renaming her Bella Vita — the name of the 76m yacht he ‘swapped’ with Mr Argyros. 

Pictures emerged last night which show the Border Force vessel close to the gleaming yacht.

A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘Border Force’s priority is to keep the public safe and routinely undertakes searches of arriving vessels in line with statutory customs and immigration controls.’ 




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The vessel moves along the River Dart, making other boats on the river seem small comparison to its 60 metre length

Superyacht Bella Vita was moored in the centre of the river Dart at Dartmouth overnight. It’s lights illuminate the luxury boat

A sailing boat passes the luxury superyacht as it motors past trees and bare rock on the Devonshire coastline

The German-built boat can house up to 12 guests and boasts a ‘world renowned crew’, according to a listing online

The vessel has a cinema, grand piano and a glass elevator can all also be found across six decks of luxury

Superyacht Bella Vita passes the village of Kingswear on the east of the River Dart as it arrives

After the inspection, the Bella Vita then left the River Dart, and was reported to be heading towards Cowes

The 60m-long Bella Vita was photographed in Dartmouth, Devon on Tuesday night, and stayed until Wednesday evening

The German-built boat was bought by US Billionaire George Argyros in 2014, and named Huntress, before it was renamed by current owner Dwight Schar, according to reports

The superyacht is also home to a cinema, grand piano and a glass elevator across six decks of luxury

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