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Credit: United States Coast Guard

Person injured as 25m Sunseeker Atlantis sinks off coast of Florida

27 May 2024 • Written by Dea Jusufi

The 24.8-metre Sunseeker yacht Atlantis has sunk two miles off the coast of Florida following a collision with a dredge pipe piling (25 May).

According to an official statement from United States Coast Guard, multiple marine units responded to the distress call at 11.37am. By the time the crew arrived on the scene, Atlantis was already partially submerged.

Imagery taken by rescue services shows Atlantis taking on more water until she begins to sink vertically.

Credit: St Johns County Fire Rescue

The vessel's location was confirmed with the help of an emergency position indicating radio beacon. The two people on board were safely removed by marine units from St. Johns Sheriff's Office and St. Augustine Police Department, though one of the occupants sustained minor injuries and had to be transported to a local hospital.

"We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our partner agencies for their invaluable assistance during this case," said senior chief petty officer Ricardo Santacana, command duty officer, Sector Jacksonville. "With the weather improving and mariners heading out onto the water, it's imperative for everyone to verify the presence of all necessary safety equipment aboard their vessel. This ensures that responders, as demonstrated in this case, can swiftly locate you and render assistance when an emergency arises."

Credit: St Johns County Fire Rescue

Atlantis was delivered in 1999 as one of the shipyard's Predator 80 models. Her racer profile was designed by Don Shead, while interiors are owed to Ken Freivokh. The model is known for its impressive top speed of 45 knots.

The owner of the vessel will arrange salvage and the cause of the incident is under investigation. BOAT International will update the story as it develops.

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Sunseeker   24.84 m •  1999

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