The 49m/161ft luxury charter yacht ROCKSTAR hit the headlines last week after she was struck by a falling drawbridge in Florida, meaning she will now be out of action until repairs are completed.
The incident happened on Tuesday 3rd December while ROCKSTAR was being towed from Fort Lauderdale to Miami. According to media reports the east part of the broad causeway drawbridge connecting North Miami with Harbor Islands and Bal Harbor collapsed causing considerable damage to her top deck. She was lodged in by the drawbridge for around 20 minutes however all of the 15 people of board at the time escaped unharmed.
Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission commented: “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. 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.”
ROCKSTAR was launched in 2009 under her previous name of ‘Blind Date’ before being sold to her current Owner, American businessman and creator of the ‘Rockstar’ energy drink. With her extensive range of amenities and water toys as well as a beautiful Patrick Knowles designed interior, she is a popular choice for Florida yacht charter vacations. We will bring you the latest on the progress of her repairs as soon as it is announced but in the meantime take a look at the fantastic selection of charter yachts available in Florida.