VIDEO: Yacht collides with drawbridge in Miami


Fifteen people aboard a megayacht escaped injury when the boat collided with a drawbridge on the Broad Causeway Tuesday afternoon in Miami.

RockStar, which costs about $250,000 a week to charter, was being towed by two tugboats from Fort Lauderdale to Miami when the accident occurred. The Broad Causeway drawbridge connects North Miami with Bay Harbor Islands and Bal Harbour.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino told WSVN-TV in Miami that the agency does not know whether it was the drawbridge that hit the yacht or vice versa.

"For some reason, the vessel collided with the bridge. We don't know if the bridge was lowering. We don't know if there was some issue that happened with the two tugboats. That's under investigation," he said. "Our officers and one of our investigators are looking to see exactly what occurred."

A photo taken at ground level captured the moment the vessel and bridge collided, causing damage to the boat's top portion.

"Based on what I saw, it's extensive damage," Pino said. "It's the whole flybridge of the vessel, the whole top portion of the vessel seems to have suffered tremendous damage."

The tugboats continued moving the yacht, called Rockstar, north of the bridge.

Officials said there were 15 workers aboard the vessel at the time of the accident. No one was injured.

Officials said inclement weather may have been a factor in the accident. Authorities diverted traffic, which was backed up to Sans Souci Boulevard in North Miami, and advised drivers to seek alternate routes.

Crews at the scene inspected the bridge to determine whether it is operational and to assess any structural damage it may have sustained.

Engineers tested the bridge to be sure the causeway was safe for traffic. The causeway reopened about 9:30 p.m.


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