A brand-new $10 million yacht capsized as it was being transported to its owner in Washington state Sunday night.
A newly released video (below) shows the 90-foot expedition vessel, called Baden, tilting to one side and then plunges to one side, knocking into the side of the marina, the Daily Mail reports.
The owner of the yacht, who planned to travel around the world in it after it was launched at the Cape Sante Marina in Anacortes, was said to be “absolutely heartbroken.”
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Six people on the ship were pulled to safety by onlookers, while one person reportedly had to be rescued from the bilge at the bottom of the boat. Two people were admitted to a hospital, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Jordan Akiyama.
"The boat tilted to one side, and although not unusual, the amount of tilt was a bit more than normal," Wes Fridell, of New World Yacht Builders, told KIRO-TV. "So we paused to collect ourselves and assure that everything was going to be right, and as we continued to lower it down, it pitched, and that's when it went over.”
A boom has been placed around the upturned yacht as a precaution, but there is no sign of a fuel spillage, KOMO reports.
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Northern Marine, the company that built the yacht, will reportedly be responsible for the salvage operation cost. The Coast Guard is investigating the accident.
“Since the casualty, there has been much speculation as to what happened, often with little or no supporting evidence,” the company said in a statement. “Northern Marine has launched more than 35 vessels, ranging from 57- to 151-foot motoryachts, with all of its trawler models having been launched using transport dollies at the same ramp where the accident occurred on the 18th [of May]. Northern Marine continues to have complete confidence in its trawler designs, all of which have been tank-tested and passed the same United States Coast Guard stability standards applied to commercial fishing vessels operating in the North Pacific.”
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