A Florida man who had just purchased a used 43-foot Viking motoryacht took it for a test run Tuesday afternoon on the Intracoastal Waterway with the broker who had sold it.
They fueled up with an estimated 80 to 100 gallons of diesel at Halifax Harbor Marina in Daytona and headed south toward nearby Merritt Island.
They didn’t make it. About 2-1/2 miles into the cruise, the boat caught fire. The owner and broker were unable to put the fire out, so they jumped into the water.
WESH News had a cameraman in a helicopter overhead to capture the action on the water. Video shot by the station is included in its report.
“We’re not sure if it was an electrical malfunction or an engine malfunction that caused the fire,” Daytona Beach Fire Lt. Larry Stoney told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
The yacht — a total loss — sank, Stoney said.
No injuries were reported. The accident is under investigation.