Luxury Yacht Retrieved From Long Island Sound

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A million dollar luxury boat, decked out with all the finest finishes, is now scrap metal.

Saturday, a 63-foot yacht crafted by high-end retailer Vikem sank to the bottom of Long Island Sound. Eight people were on board, but all escaped before the boat completely capsized.

The incident took place close to 3:30 in the afternoon off the beaches of Harkness Memorial State Park.

Waterford Police Lieutenant David Barton was one of the first responders on the scene. “Our dispatch received a phone call and it reported a boat was in distress off of an area, Harkness Park,” said Lt. Barton.

“Once we arrived on scene it was very obvious that this large cabin cruiser was in trouble. It was partially submerged.” Lt. Barton believes a good samaritan nearby helped minimize the number of injuries, telling Fox Connecticut, “there was a smaller boat there that had taken off the people that were on board.”

Tow Boat U. S. of Old Saybrook was hired to retrieve the boat from the bottom of Long Island Sound Tuesday.

Captain Dave Hoblin estimated the response would take, “a total team probably about of 20.”

In addition to the crew members who raised the boat from the water, environmental support personnel monitored the area to control for oil and fuel spilling into the nearby water.

The boat may possibly be broken down and used for spare parts.

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