A charter cruise aboard a Miami yacht was abruptly ended last weekend because of several safety violations, including an excessive number of passengers on board, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
A USCG crew boarded the 65-foot yacht Zenith at the Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center on June 16 after receiving a call from a passenger who grew concerned when the yacht struck against the Venetian Causeway in Biscayne Bay earlier that day.
The boat was cited for the following:
“We urge people to request to see the vessel operator’s valid credentials or proof of required inspection or examination before hiring a charter vessel,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Emily White, a Coast Guard 7th District watchstander.
There was no damage to the bridge nor injuries to those on board, according to a USCG report. The owner and operator of the Zenith faces maximum civil penalties of $41,546.