Watch: horrendous moment £65m superyacht crashes into dock . . . twice
A £65m superyacht crashed into a luxury Caribbean yacht club’s pier, causing ‘very significant’ damage, after reportedly suffering a computer malfunction.
The 235ft-long vessel is said to be owned by Capri Sun juice tycoon Hans Peter Wild, but it is not yet clear whether he was on board at the time according to the Daily Mail.
In one video, an onlooker can be heard saying “oh my God” over and over again. In another clip, a witness said: “It’s hitting concrete now. What’s going on?”
The yacht’s captain was trying to leave the Simpson Bay Lagoon from its berth at Ile de Sol Marina when the crash happened.
Sint Maarten Yacht Club’s dock has been closed until further notice while the extent of the damage is assessed.
A statement from the yacht club says: “As most of you will have heard by now, this morning an accident occurred with a mega yacht. They lost control over the vessel and hit the dock of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
“Nobody was injured and the damage is solely structural, however it is very significant. We are currently assessing the extend of the damage to make a plan to rebuild.”
Images show a large gouge in the side of the yacht, which had to be towed back to its berth at the marina.
According to the Daily Mail, witnesses claim the superyacht was entangled in the propeller of an old sailboat when it was about to dock. Its rudder was locked and it hit the pier.