A 62-foot yacht struck the jetties near Fort Clinch Sunday morning, putting “about a 6 foot gash and hole in the hull,” according to Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper.
Leeper said in an email sent Monday that the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 5 a.m. “from the U.S. Coast Guard in reference to a boat that had struck the rocks at the jetties near Fort Clinch.
“NCSO’s Marine Unit responded and found a 62 foot yacht stuck on the rocks with about a 6 foot gash and hole in the hull. There were six people on board the boat, which was returning to Fernandina Beach from the Cape Canaveral area. ... Once the tide came in the boat started to sink.”
Leeper’s deputies took the occupants to the Fernandina Harbor Marina.
NCSO’s Marine Unit was later called to assist a jet ski taking on water and sinking in the middle of the river. “The Marine Unit picked up two teens and took them to shore for safety and towed the vessel in,” Leeper wrote.