Wayne Newton’s yacht, all 65-feet of it except for the bow, has sunk while docked at a Lake Mead marina. Newton was not aboard “Rendezvous” at the time she went down, according to UPI.com on Oct. 22.
The bow of Newton’s yacht is sticking out of the water, giving the ship a bizarre angle for a sunken ship. The yacht sunk suddenly and no one is quite sure just how the singing legend's ship ended up bobbing like an apple in the marina.
Thankfully no one was aboard, but the sad part about Newton’s yacht, which was in pristine condition, is that it was filled with artwork and family photos. This 1996 Skipperliner weighs 60 tons and it has not leaked anything hazardous into the water. It’s fuel is still contained within the tanks.
The salvage operation will start on Newton’s yacht this week, then the insurance company will investigate in hopes of finding out how this ship went down. A representative for the National Park Service believes an equipment malfunction may be responsible for Newton’s yacht sinking.