A Florida man driving a 41ft Carver Yacht crashed into boats and docks at the Bayfront Park Marina in Sarasota early Saturday afternoon. Read on for the full story on the Sarasota Boat Crash or skip to the video!
The whole incident was caught on camera, starting with the man aimlessly meandering around the docks trying to figure out the controls of the boat. People around the marina were yelling and pleading with him not to hit their boat and to just shut the yacht down. Eventually, he found a place he wanted to dock and went for it. He hit the dock and a couple of boats causing damage to the pilings, docks, and sending coolers flying into the water. He destroyed the bow pulpit on the Carver and ran it aground causing the shaft to leak and the boat to take on water.
The yacht belonged to a charter company called Captain Jack’s Charters. Its a 41ft Carver called the Island Diva II, you can rent the yacht for parties, weddings, and funerals at sea. From the Captain Jack’s Charters website: “Cruise the gorgeous gulf coast waters in your own beautifully appointed private boat charter with Captain Jack, known as the dolphin whisperer. Enjoy the sites around Sarasota Bay, Longboat Key, Tampa Bay, Boca Grande & Captiva aboard The Island Diva II!”
Captain Jack’s Charters has an Instagram page with lots of photos of happy partygoers on the Carver yacht.
Allegedly one of Captain Jack’s deckhands, Brendan Sheridan, stole his bosses boat to take his girlfriend out to party. He allegedly got high on pills and other substances which, apparently, caused him to forget how to operate the boat! The 32 year old deckhand is now in serious trouble, what was supposed to be a fun afternoon on his bosses “borrowed” boat went way wrong. Police and Coast Guard responded quickly to the scene and apprehended Brendan, he is facing 3 counts of boating under the influence causing property damage. He’s very lucky he didn’t hurt any bystanders, his girlfriend, or himself!
Now his boss has a big mess to deal with, no doubt Captain Jack is on the phone with Jake from State Farm trying to sort out this mess of damaged boats, docks, and coolers.
Several bystanders whipped out their phones as they saw the boat meandering through the marina perilously close to several other yachts. There were about 5 or 6 different camera angles on this Sarasota Boat Crash, you can see 2 great shots of this on our YouTube channel this morning.
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