• Monday , 24 November 2014

Mega Yacht Crashes into Point-no-Point Lighthouse

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HANSVILLE–A terrifying scene at the Point-no-Point State Park unraveled late Thursday afternoon as the iconic lighthouse perched on the northernmost tip of the Kitsap Peninsula unexpectedly collided with a 126 meter mega yacht just before 3 pm.

Initial reports from bystanders and park officials claim that the Point-no-Point Lighthouse made a series of irrational and ill-timed maneuvers in the events leading up to the crash, subsequently obstructing  the unsuspecting oncoming boat. One onlooker described the actions of the lighthouse operator as taunting, claiming that the operator “was waving her hands up and down and screaming frantically in an aggressive manner just before the wreck”.

The Zune is a 16000 ton vessel owned by former Microsoft executive and billionaire Paul Allen.  Built in 2007, The Zune was designed to withstand heavy abuse from man made stationary objects. Steven Johnson, captain of the Zune and 15 year maritime veteran said “It came out of nowhere. We are just lucky that no one got injured.  There was an obvious error on behalf of the lighthouse operator.”

Lighthouse Operator Sharon Jones did not give a statement to the press, and was reportedly uncooperative with police and coastguard officials. She is under investigation for negligence and was placed on administrative leave immediately.

Paul Allen informed KR reporters that while he is grateful that no one on board was injured, he will be seeking compensation from Kitsap County for the damages to his boat.

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30 Comments

  1. Chelsea Salsbury
    January 17, 2014 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Hey. Met you at the filling station tonight. Hit me up on facebook.

  2. Cory Biggerstaff
    January 18, 2014 at 1:04 am - Reply

    How is Kitsap County responsible for this?

  3. Randy Opheim
    January 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I heard there was a party boat of Jackalopes up there moving the point around. Don’t blame the lighthouse operator until you dig a little dealer … what ever happened to investigative journalism?

    • Diane Cvetovich
      January 18, 2014 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      Now THAT’s funny !!

  4. Andy Mullen
    January 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I think it’s probably 126 metres not feet. There’s no such thing as a 126 foot mega yacht.

  5. Dominic
    January 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    That looks much bigger then 126 feet? How does a lighthouse maneuvers? Anybody can write anything they want nowadays, how is the editor of this article he/she should be fired.

  6. PJM
    January 18, 2014 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    THE VAST NUMBER OF MAROONS HERE IS APALLING. LOL

    • Roy
      January 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Some of the taupes and the burgundies suck too!

    • Big Mike
      January 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      It’s “morans”! Idiat!

  7. Gary Morris
    January 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    I love this paper. It give me news no others would touch with a ten foot pole. I just read Mark Twain’s short story “How I edited an Agricultural Paper”. He would have enjoyed this article, though would have put in a lot more illuminating details.

  8. Mark
    January 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Incisive comments, Cory and Dominic. Please contact me, as I have some swamp land that I’d like to sell you.

  9. Bmcgill
    January 19, 2014 at 5:24 am - Reply

    PJM. I think you mean MORONS not maroons

  10. barca
    January 19, 2014 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Captain Schettino?? ;-)

  11. Alan
    January 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Damn Lighthouse operator failed to get that Lighthouse out of the way. Like we don’t know who is responsible for this one? It’s American where if you are rich you never, ever take responsibility. You let your attorney deal with that.

  12. Roy
    January 19, 2014 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    We must ban lighthouses so this never happens again! Down with lighthouses!

  13. Peter G.Whelpton
    January 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    The liighthouse is there as an aid to navagation. It is to signal oncommimg ships to stay away from that area. Lighthouese are noted clearly on navagation charts. My opinion is the Master of the Zune should be required to show cause as to why he had the vessel in that area and if he sighted the lighthouse visually or on his radars. The ships planned course should be made avialable for examination.

    • Alan
      January 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      For Peter G…

      You think?

    • queenieroxeenie
      January 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Plus channel markers, looks like he just aimed for land.

  14. Lynn Neese
    January 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    A 136 meter boat should have a depth finder and a radar, where was the Captain in all this? Light houses don’t “maneuver” – boats do! It sounds like the boat wasn’t under control here.

  15. Joe j
    January 20, 2014 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Depth finders are required but lighthouse finders are hard to find. The lighthouse operator should have turned the lighthouse away from the oncoming ship. It is easier to maneuver a small lighthouse than a large vessel. I was in my kayak once and had a lighthouse moved out of my way. It can be done

  16. Cathy Norrie
    January 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Haha! Thanks for the early April Fools joke! Although, amazingly, there are still some goofballs out there who would blame the lighthouse for this collision!!! That’s even funnier :)

  17. Ray Collins
    January 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Understandable. Isn’t Killer Weed legal at Point-No-Point?

    (funny, well-written post)

  18. josh
    January 21, 2014 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Well at least billionaire Paul Allen will be seeking Kitsap County to comp him on his boat.

  19. JAY
    January 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Great in-depth reporting of an issue long over due to be exposed. The charts are made by NOAA a federal agency, so this must be another federal government cover up! Great article I might just start subscribing to this paper :)

  20. Jake
    January 27, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Funny article, could have put a bit more effort into photoshopping the image tho or is it meant to be obvious ?

  21. ed roselen
    January 28, 2014 at 3:43 am - Reply

    hysterical. i haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. some of the comments were just as hilarious.

  22. Jennifer
    January 29, 2014 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Yes… the (many inane) comments are just as hilarious as the article!

  23. David
    February 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Damned lighthouse probably surfaced right in front of that poor megayacht and didn’t even put up its periscope, honk its horn, or send up the flying monkeys. Obviously at fault….! I say we install that lighthouse pilot in congress where he can do some real good.

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  25. petra jordania
    May 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    good articles

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