On January the 14th the new launched 38 m expedition yacht, "ELECTRA" built by by Austral (www.austral.com)
, ran on to a reef just before entering the channel to the Lyford Cay Marina in Nassau, Bahamas. The boat was being driven by its Italian owner who claimed an engine stalled and the boat drifted onto the reef located just east of the channelís outer marker, but others speculated from seeing the damage to the propellers and diving around the boat that the boat was at cruising speed when it hit the reef and that the owner was entering the narrow channel from the wrong side of the marker. Everyone on the boat was rescued thanks to the heroic effort of some local residents of Lyford Cay but the boat was completely ruined, much of the aluminum whole was ripped open and the boat was completly flooded. The boat has been sitting on the reef ever since. Last week a large barge and crane arrived from Florida to lift the boat out of the water but after many attempts it was unsuccessful. On Sunday (Feb. 5th) "Ecectra" split in half and is still out by the outer marker. See the attached photos.
on the reef
on the reef
being lifted by the crane
front of boat after being broken in half
back of boat after being broken in half