The 88-foot (26.8m) ketch S/Y Sea Angel interacted with the power lines that stretch across the New River in downtown Ft. Lauderdale in late December. The captain was briefly hospitalized as a precaution and the surrounding neighborhood lost power for about one minute, according to news reports.
Although local media said the 75-foot mast hit the overhead lines, that was not confirmed. Triton research last spring discovered the lines are between 95.2 and 101.6 feet above the water.
According to news report, the sailboat’s mast hit the power lines, resulting in an explosion that caused lines to fall.
S/Y Sea Angel was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and was the last yacht built in the Stephens Boatyard in Stockton, Calif., in 1986. She has cruised around the world and chartered in the Caribbean. It had an extensive refit in 2011. It was unclear how high its two masts are.
An sailing yacht of more than 70 feet was electrocuted as it headed west up the river in January last year. That yacht had an air draft of 98 feet and did not hit the lines but instead was hit by an electrical arc. A fire started in its engine room and it was stopped dead in the water. No one was injured.