Ricardo Martinelli Calls Yacht Sinking "Weird and Freaky"
Monday, August 06 2012 @ 11:03 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Over the weekend I exchanged a series of direct text messages via Twitter with president Martinelli about what happened. He said "thank God everybody is OK. Thanks for asking. Some people in the opposition may be rejoicing" over the incident. Martinelli said the sinking of the yacht - reported by La Prensa to be a brand new Bertram named the "Aqua Bella" worth $2.5 million dollars - was "weird and freaky." Martinelli said "it was sunk. Hard to believe. We are investigating. Nothing has been ruled out."
This of course piqued my interest. The report by La Prensa on Sunday morning indicated the yacht had supposedly hit a rock. I asked Martinelli what he meant when he said "it was sunk," and told him I also thought the yacht had simply hit a rock or a reef or something, and ripped out the hull, causing it to sink. Martinelli responded by saying "Don't know yet. No, it was sunk. Don't know the reason yet."
I understand they intend to recover and re-float the yacht, as part of the investigation. Right now according to Ricardo Martinelli himself, they don't know exactly what caused the yacht to sink, and he called it "weird and freaky."
Also according to the report in La Prensa, the yacht had supposedly just come out of maintenance, so I guess it's possible someone forgot to connect something or whatever - stranger things have happened. But anyway, at this point nothing is being ruled out. I get pictures in my head of an old Russian submarine flying the PRD flag, but I guess that's over the top a little...
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