The details and exact cause of an ugly allision Tuesday between a megayacht and a Florida drawbridge are hard to come by, but an investigation has begun.
Rockstar, a 161-foot yacht launched in 2009, costs about $250,000 a week to charter and is listed for sale at $20.9 million.
The price could come down now that the drawbridge on Miami’s Broad Causeway has sliced a chunk off the flybridge. Two tugboats were towing the yacht at the time of the accident and investigators are trying to determine whether a bridge malfunction or an error by the bridge operator or a helmsman caused it.
“Based on what I saw, it’s extensive damage. It’s the whole flybridge of the vessel — the whole top portion of the vessel seems to have suffered tremendous damage,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino told WSVN-TV in Miami.
Officials said 15 workers were aboard the vessel at the time of the accident. No one was injured.
Miami drivers, forced to deal afterward with a traffic jam, were not pleased. Nautical traffic was limited to small boats while the Coast Guard investigated.
The bridge, which is about 60 years old, is about to undergo a $13 million rehabilitation that includes replacing parts of the drawbridge mechanism because of prior electrical problems, according to Local 10 News.