According to local media reports, while passing the Broad Causeway Bridge the yacht was struck by the falling structure. “The engineers are working under the assumption that the hydraulic system on the bridge failed, and the west side of the bridge started to come down as the yacht was coming through,” Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission, told YachtingMagazine.com.
“The yacht did nothing wrong. It was not under power. It was under the control of two tugboats, and they were in the right. They were making right decisions. All indications are that they did nothing wrong and the bridge mechanically faltered”, he added.
None of the 15 crewmembers on board the vessel at the time were injured, in what appears to be a freak accident. The extent of the damage to the vessel, which is currently listed for sale, is unclear.
Rockstar, which was originally christened Blind Date when launched in March 2009, is now owned by Russ Weiner, who owns the Rockstar energy drink brand.
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