Owner has 5 days to remove overturned yacht

Posted at 3:56 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 12:35:27-04

The clock is ticking for the owner of a grounded yacht in the water off Palm Beach.

Thomas Baker now has five days to get the vessel removed.

It’s been stuck for almost a week and Tuesday the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission declared the 72 foot yacht derelict. 

The commission says If he does not remove the yacht within five days he is subject to arrest.

Baker is already facing charges. He was arrested and charged for boating under the influence when he ran the boat ashore last Wednesday.

On top of being responsible for the fuel and vessel removal he's now responsible for yet another issue---- litter.

When the boat tipped items and debris fell into the water causing big concerns for beach visitors like Serin Mahoney and her family. "My son is one-years-old. He loves to run on the beach here. Now I'm afraid he's going to step on something sharp, some nails, some metal.”

The owner has hired a private company to help remove the debris.