In the Bahamas last year a Viking also sank coming into one of the passes.. Hit a reef. Didn't take long for that boat to be stripped and cleaned on the bottom by the locals.. I'm sure there will be some "salvaging" going on today.
That's a horrible site for sure, but if anything can be taken as humorous from this is the 'tow boat us' thinking "WE WANT THIS SALVAGE!" and thinking they have a shot at towing it in its current condition!!!
Alabama Marine Police said today they have charged a Panama City, Fla., captain with boating under the influence after the fishing vessel he was operating -- valued at more than $2.5 million -- hit an obstruction and sank in Perdido Pass.
James Cooper of Panama City was arrested when the 61-foot ******** sank Wednesday night, said Officer Rick Miller of the Marine Police office in Orange Beach.
Miller said the boat apparently attempted to pass between the jetties on the east side of the entrance and the beach rather than going around the rocks and entering the marked channel. The boat hit a low wall under the water surface.
The Coast Guard station in Pensacola received a call at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday that the vessel was taking on water, said Petty Officer Vance Pedrick.
A Coast Guard response vessel was dispatched from Pensacola along with boats from Alabama Marine Police and the Alabama Department of Natural Resources.
No injuries were reported. Miller said the boat was coming to Orange Beach for a fishing tournament