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Hasty departure, vessel screen brightness contributed to yacht crashed

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A 35-year-old captain was found to be at fault after a 62-foot luxury yacht slammed into a navigational buoy and sank off the coast of Jersey in November 2017, according to a report from the Jersey Evening Post.

The captain, whose name has been withheld, had been hired to take the boat, P6T2, at night from Elizabeth Marina to Guernsey, where the owner planned to catch a flight to the U.K. the following morning. There were only two passengers – the owner and the captain – aboard at the time of the collision, and neither were injured.

Ports of Jersey authorities have concluded that a number of factors caused the collision, including a hasty departure, a lack of pre-departure preparation, the distraction of adjusting the brightness on the vessel’s screens, and checking to see if navigation lights were on while in transit, according to the report.

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