It was supposed to be a night of celebration, the most eagerly awaited night by the Venetians, the night that went down in history as the Most Famous Night, but yesterday the Redentore evening turned into a tragedy.
At the conclusion of the famous fireworks display, among the more than 4,000 boats that left the San Marco Basin where they had watched the fireworks from the water, a boat carrying a boy, Richard Nardinand two friends hit a briccola.
According to the first reconstructions, the young man driving would have fallen into the water and would never have re-emerged. It seems that an anomalous wave, perhaps caused by the traffic of many moving boats, has destabilized the boat. Firefighters recovered the lifeless body within a short time.
Riccardo Nardin, 28, was returning home to Cavallino Treporti, a town on the coast not far from Venice. The other two people, two girls, unharmed, called for help at 1.25 am who arrived immediately because the teams were set up to supervise the Redentore.
The firefighters and the local police immediately headed for the stretch of canal between the islands of San Giorgio and the island of San Servolo, but although the divers found the young man shortly thereafter, there was no longer any chance of saving him.
Nardin had studied at the Nautical Institute of Venice and worked in the boat excursion company for tourists “Il Doge di Venezia”.