One person died and two others were injured, and Coast Guard crews rescued 17 others after a mega yacht collided with a fishing vessel off the coast of Imperial Beach on Friday night.
The 332-foot yacht, Attessa IV, crashed into the 65-foot sportfisher vessel, Prowler, just before 8 p.m. about nine miles off the shore of Imperial Beach, according to the Coast Guard. The crew of the 322-foot superyacht Attessa IV contacted the Coast Guard in San Diego about 7:50 p.m. reporting a crash with the 65-foot sportfisher Prowler near the international maritime boundry, authorities said.
The collision caused extensive damage to the right side of the Prowler.
One man was airlifted to UCSD Hillcrest and died at the hospital, the Coast Guard confirmed. Two others were injured in the accident.
A Coast Guard helicopter and two boats responded to assist. The helicopter crew hoisted one critically injured passenger, who was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest. The crew of a response boat transferred 18 passengers from the Prowler and took them to San Diego.
The collision remains under investigation. No cause is yet available from the Coast Guard. Attessa IV remains in Southern California.
This is not the first incident to occur on Attessa IV in recent years. In 2013, photographs surfaced of a helicopter that (due to high winds in the Mediterranean) had flipped over on the deck of the superyacht.
The Attessa is owned by industrialist billionaire Dennis Washington, a frequent visitor to San Diego. The Prowler is based out of Quivera Basin and part of Seaforth Sportfishing’s fleet.