ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- A shipwreck on land damaged a number of boats at a Charlotte County Marina. It was all because of a faulty forklift at the Stump Pass Marina in Englewood.
The forklift was reaching to get a boat from the third shelf when a bolt snapped, causing the fork and the boat to crash down on everything below.
Dennis Schmidt wanted to go fishing this morning, but there was a slight change of plans.
"When we got here, the fire department was already here. We kind of saw the mess and saw our boat," said Schmidt.
Stump Pass Marina owner Doug Rikeurd had to break the bad news.
"We had a mechanical failure on our forklift, and it was coming in to pick up a boat up on the top, and one of the boats that actually holds the carriage on it broke," said Rikeurd.
A vertical domino effect happened, and Schmidt's boat crashed down onto five other boats below it.
"The damage doesn't look too bad. There might be one boat thats totaled. The rest of them, I think, are fixable," said Rikeurd.
Though Schmidt isn't worried about his boat. He said he's just glad no one was hurt.
"We know how stuff can happen. It's an accident," said Schmidt.
Ironically, the marina has been under new ownership since last week. They ordered a new forklift, and it was delivered about an hour after the accident happened.