Ana Cecilia cargo ship becomes newest artificial reef in Palm Beach County

Posted at 12:55 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 21:15:55-04

Palm Beach County has its 151st artificial reef.

The M/V Ana Cecilia was scuttled in 85 feet of water off of the Lake Worth Inlet Wednesday.

“There she will be come the flagship of our underwater fleet off the Lake Worth Inlet,” said Palm Beach County commissioner McKinlay.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection confiscated the cargo ship after cocaine valued at more than $10 million was found on board.

The reef honors the lives of five local residents who lost their lives in the last year to boating accidents.      

Plaques on the ship remember Perry J. Cohen, Austin Stephanos, Deputy Fernandez Jones, Jaden Jones and Willis Bell.

Austin and Perry were lost at sea after leaving from the Jupiter Inlet on July 24, 2015.  Their boat was found off the coast of Bermuda on March 18.

Fernandez Jones, Jaden and Willis Bell of Port St. Lucie drowned in April during a boating trip off Martin County.