In boat accident, billionaire’s $51 million superyacht sinks gas tanker in Bahamas

WION Web Team
New York Published: Jan 02, 2022, 05:05 PM(IST)

Billionaire JR Ridinger’s $51 million superyacht sunk a gas tanker in the Bahamas. Photograph:( Twitter )

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Billionaire JR Ridinger’s $51 million superyacht, Utopia IV, rear-ended and sunk a gas tanker in the Bahamas. The Utopia seems to have hit the stern of the tanker, the Tropic Breeze, off the coast of New Providence Island. Another passing superyacht, which was called Amara, rescued the crew members

 

Billionaire JR Ridinger’s $51 million superyacht, Utopia IV, rear-ended and sunk a gas tanker in the Bahamas.  

The Utopia seems to have hit the stern of the tanker, the Tropic Breeze, off the coast of New Providence Island, said reports.  

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“The catastrophic force of the collision pierced the stern of the tanker causing the tanker to sink to the ocean floor at an estimated depth of 2,000 feet,” Maritime Management, which owns the tanker, told the local Caribbean National Weekly.   

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Talking about any potential environmental damage due to the mishap, the company also said that all “non-persistent materials [LPG, marine gas and automotive gas] … are lighter than water and will evaporate if exposed to surface air.”  

Another passing superyacht, which was called Amara, rescued the crew members.  

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It is still unclear that Ridinger, CEO, Market America and Shop.com, was aboard the superyacht or not.   

The superyacht Utopia IV has four Rolls Royce hydro jets for speed. It can house 12 people in an interior outfitted with luxury brands like Hermes and Armani. It also has a jacuzzi in the owner’s suite and glass-bottomed pool.  

(With inputs from agencies) 

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