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Media mogul sues billionaire after boat crash

A Californian newspaper owner has sued retail magnate Solomon Lew after their billionaire yachts collided at a Florida shipyard.

Lew blamed the failure of a secondary set of controls on his vessel ‘Maridome’ for the accident which caused $500,000 worth of damage to Wendy McCaw’s yacht Calixe.

McCaw, who owns the Californian newspaper the Santa Barbara News-Press, launched legal action after the two parties failed to reach an amicable agreement.

Authorities seized ‘Maridome’ and Lew’s insurers had to pay a bond of $620,000 to the Florida Middle District Court to release the vessel. The accident happened when the 188ft Calixe was moored at the BAE Systems shipyard in Jacksonville.

In her lawsuit McCaw alleges that Maridome “tore the mooring float from the seawall and carried it to Calixe.”

“The Maridome violently rammed Calixe’s bow area and released the steel float to strike and scrape the entire length of Calixe’s starboard side,” she claims.