Is it a virus? Second power boat drives onto a beach
by Lee Mylchreest on 6 Aug 2011
Is it a virus? Last week a superyacht shocked beach-goers in Croatia by driving up onto the sunbaker's beach after he hit nearby rocks, now it has happened again on the coast of Massachusetts in the US.
From now on she will be no doubt known as ’Cocktails on the Rocks’ SW
The captain of a Miami-based yacht intentionally grounded his craft today off Nobska Beach near Falmouth’s Woods Hole section because it was taking on water, the Coast Guard said.
The 85-foot Cocktails had hit a 'submerged object' 100 yards off the beach, which opened a 4-by-20-foot hole in the bow, the Coast Guard said in a statement. The yacht then headed for the beach, causing a gathering of beach walkers to observe the unusual spectacle.
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people from the sinking vessel and assisted a local commercial salvager and tow boat in 'dewatering the yacht' before Cocktails was escorted 100-yards off of Nobska beach in Woods Hole towards Fairhaven for repairs.
'The yacht was intentionally grounded to keep the waterways open and to save the vessel from sinking,' said Southeastern New England Coast Guard spokesman Senior Chief Petty Officer Ronny German. 'A safety zone was created to keep other boaters out of the area so crews could assist the yacht.'
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