It took more than a year after an 85-foot Northern Marine yacht capsized upon launch, generating a video that went viral and prompting the company to close up shop, for an investigation to reveal why the boat tipped. Now authorities have ruled that the yacht likely sank because of its low margin of stability.
Vietnam veteran Tony Veasey used all of his savings from retirement to buy a 41-foot Hatteras, but during his first day on the water in Stuart, Fla., the boat caught fire — and is likely beyond repair.
A 44-year-old Washington man was charged with waterfront homicide after the boat he was operating slammed into another on the Fourth of July, presumably killing a man and critically injuring two other people.
Sea Tow Services International reported a 47 percent increase in the volume of calls for assistance that its national 24-hour dispatch center received during the four-day Fourth of July weekend from the same period last year.