Multimillion-dollar yacht sinks in Washington; 6 rescued
ANACORTES, Wash. - A multimillion-dollar yacht capsized overnight near Anacortes, dumping six people in the water. All were rescued by Good Samaritans and local police and fire crews.
Witnesses said the 90-foot yacht flipped as it was being launched at about 9 p.m. Sunday.
It was a chaotic scene as rescuers rushed in to pull the six people aboard out of the water. There were eyewitness reports that crews had to use axes to reach people near the engine compartment.
Two of the rescued people were taken to the hospital to be checked out, said Petty Officer Jordan Akiyama of the U.S. Coast Guard.
A team has been sent in to assess pollution from fuel aboard the vessel. So far, no sheen has been observed, but the yacht has been boomed off as a precaution.
An investigation is pending as to why the yacht sank, Akiyama said.