Yacht Accident Stories
Friday March 24, 2017



     13th April 2001
The 36 m Azimut Frostys Sleigh rammed and sank a 13 m dive boat and then proceeded to crash into a bridge.

The yacht was southbound on the Intercoastal Waterway near Ft Lauderdale when, around 4pm, the captain made a turn to dock the yacht along side a local restaurant. While maneuvering, the yacht went out of control and struck a dive boat which was docked nearby, sinking it. Frosty's Sleigh then continued northward and hit the Dania Beach Blvd. bridge and became stuck under the center span. The yacht was pulled away from the bridge by a tug later that day, but she had suffered extensive damage to her wheelhouse and hull. Fortunately, there where no injuries and the yacht has apparently been fully repaired. The cause of the accident was reported to be a failure of the engine controls.

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Questions of the Month

- Why an additional paragraph social media policy should be added to the crew contract ?

- Why many experienced captains are never given a chance to get a position on a 30+ m ?

- What is really covering your yacht crew member insurance ?

- During the season, is there enough time for safety drills and training ?

- Can Captains count on duty crew members at dock in case of emergency ?



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