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$3.2 Million Yacht Sinks In Tahoe Marina

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A yacht sit partially submerged at a dock at the Tahoe Keys Marina, July 10, 2012. (CBS)

A yacht sit partially submerged at a dock at the Tahoe Keys Marina, July 10, 2012. (CBS)

LAKE TAHOE (CBS/AP) – A three-story yacht that recently sold for $3.2 million has sunk in a Lake Tahoe marina.

So far, no sewage or fuel from the yacht are leaking into the water, but officials said they’re keeping an eye on it.

El Dorado County Environmental Health Manager Barbara Houghton said Tuesday the 86-foot Sierra Rose is sealed, but inspectors will monitor efforts to pull it out of the Tahoe Keys Marina, just in case.

It’s not clear what sent the 86-foot Sierra Rose vessel underwater at the Tahoe Keys Marina by Monday morning, but neighbors reported hearing the sound of tearing metal Sunday night.

Witness Heather Contreras tells the Tahoe Daily Tribune more than a dozen people were on the vessel at the time, but everyone made it off safely. She says the boat didn’t immediately sink.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports a big screen TV, leather couches, and floating slices of bread could be seen inside the partially submerged yacht Monday.

The vessel includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, fireplaces, and a helicopter pad on top.

Calls to county officials and the marina manager were not immediately returned Tuesday.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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