​Lake Tahoe Yacht Sinks At Keys Marina Dock

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July 12, 2012

It was once billed as the largest noncommercial yacht on Lake Tahoe, complete with granite fireplaces, a jacuzzi and a deck that doubles as a helicopter landing pad, but it sunk.

The 86-foot luxury yacht remained partially submerged Tuesday near the Tahoe Keys Marina, where witnesses said they heard sounds of tearing metal late Sunday evening when the boat was at the dock.

Heather Contreras told the Tahoe Daily Tribune she heard “a loud and prolonged tearing of metal” about 9:30 p.m. Sunday as the yacht was either pulling in or leaving a dock. The 15 or so people aboard stayed on the yacht for more than an hour, she said.

The boat settled at the bottom of the lake the next day.

The size of the Sierra Rose kept it from going completely under. The waterline reaches only halfway up the yacht’s second level. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, a big-screen TV, leather couches and floating slices of bread could be seen inside.

The yacht could be rented at rates of $2,000 per night, according to its website.

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