Sea accidents aren’t exactly uncommon. Unruly weather, inexperienced pilots and the hand of fate often cause even the sturdiest of water vehicles to tumble around and break apart. In a similar turn of events, a luxury Superyacht named – ‘Ecstasea’ recently crashed into a bridge control booth in the Caribbean lagoon of St. Maarten, leaving several shocked across the globe.
The $75 million yacht was owned by Pakistani billionaire Alshair Fiyaz and is said to have entered Simpson Bay Lagoon on the island of St. Martin on December 15. Soon after making its way into the lagoon, the vessel fell victim to strong winds and began veering to the right outside of the pilot’s control. It then hit the control booth of the Simpson Bay Bridge, ripping through its concrete structure and knocking it into the water.
In the viral footage clicked by Bystanders on the scene, the entire episode can be seen on record with the clip(s) also capturing how the bridge’s operator jumps off the building in time and makes it to safety. Although the boat itself suffered minimal damage, the control booth structure was majorly destroyed. No casualties have been reported at the scene and the bridge will remain luckily remain operational with immediate effect.
Commenting on the incident, Simpson Bay Lagoon Corporation project manager Bertrand Peters in a statement said, “It was tricky – the vessel had some difficulties. The impact took out the booth but the controls and gear were all intact so the bridge remains fully operational and opening times will not be affected.” Well, all’s well that ends well after all!