The Coast Guard rescued 18 passengers, including one critically injured, when a yacht and a sportfisher collided about nine miles off the coast of Imperial Beach Friday night.
The crew of the 322-foot superyacht Attessa IV contacted the Coast Guard in San Diego about 7:50 p.m. reporting a crash with the 65-foot sportfisher Prowler near the international maritime boundry, authorities said.
The collision caused extensive damage to the starboard quarter of the fishing boat and several injuries to passengers.
A Coast Guard helicopter and two boats responded to assist. The helicopter crew hoisted one critically injured passenger, who was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest. The crew of a response boat transferred 17 passengers from the Prowler and took them to San Diego.
Ten other passengers were transferred to the Attessa, which then headed toward San Diego, while the captain of the Prowler remained with his boat awaiting commercial salvage.
No further details were released about the cause of the crash, which remains under investigation.
The Attessa is owned by industrialist billionaire Dennis Washington, a frequent visitor to San Diego. The boat boasts a movie theater, library and marble fireplaces.
The Prowler is based out of Quivera Basin and part of Seaforth Sportfishing's fleet.
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