On January 25 the H. Dantas-built 37m superyacht Serena III, reportedly owned by Richard Paul Matheson, sunk 13 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Just two hours after making the initial distress call shortly before 6pm local time Serena III had sunk, all 13 passengers (six family members and seven crew) were rescued successfully.
Captain Tim Morgan of Sea Tow, a marine towing and salvage company, told local news channel CBS 4 News that, “It just gradually took on more and more water and then it went down by the stern, rolled over and then finally went under the waves. The amount of water it was taking and how quickly the boat sank, I don’t really think there was much anybody would have been able to do.”
A number of rescue boats were able to attend the scene in choppy conditions to provide assistance, including a number of good Samaritan vessels that took on passengers. Sea Tow was able to recover a 10-person life raft and a jet ski from Serena III.
The cause of the incident is unknown.