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This incident occurred Monday morning at a Hollywood FL beach!

Here's the story, published in the Miami Herald, with some pictures below:

Yacht hits the beach
Asleep at helm, captain runs aground at Lloyd State Park

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A multi-million dollar yacht missed its Port Everglades destination Monday morning and ran ashore south at Hollywood's John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, Coast Guard officials said.

Collin Derth, the lone person aboard the 78-footer dubbed Three D of Guernsey and identified as the delivery captain, fell asleep while steering the yacht. The 90-ton yacht floated on auto pilot four miles to shore.

Derth was not hurt.

''It was just him [on board] and he's OK,'' said Coast Guard spokeswoman Carleen Drummond.

The chartered vessel came from Nassau.

Coast Guard officials said the yacht was not damaged. An Department of Environmental Protection officer said the surrounding area was not affected.

''The person just basically fell asleep,'' Drummond said.

Boat towing companies pulled the Ferretti yacht from the shore around 7 p.m. during high tide.

The yacht ran aground sometime before 7 a.m. Beachgoers gawked at the yacht, which holds four cabins and can be chartered for $25,000 a week for Caribbean junkets during the winter.

A weekly summertime Mediterranean cruise goes for $35,000, according to a representative of Camper & Nicholsons International, a Fort Lauderdale company that charters the Three D of Guernsey. It holds eight passengers and four crew members.

Records show the boat is registered in Great Britain. It was built in 2002.

Officials said Derth, who appeared to be in his 20s or early 30s, planned to deliver the vessel to Port Everglades. The boat's owner, whose name was not released, lives in Europe.

The Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in Miami is investigating.

(This post edited by GoodnightMoon on 04/15/2003)


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