UPDATE 7:36: ABC News has gotten in touch with the owners of the yachts named “Blind Date” and “Blind Date II.” The owners have stated that their yachts are not missing. There is another yacht called Blind Date, but it is in the Netherlands. CBC News’ Twitter account is reporting that the US Coast Guard is saying this might be a hoax and they see no signs of distress in the water.
UPDATE 7:23: There are now reports that this might be an elaborate hoax. Normally reliable Twitter source @NYCAviation has tweeted “REPORTS: NO victims accounted for, whole Sandy Hook yacht explosion could be a hoax.” ABC News also says that no wreckage of the ship has been found and no victims have been found. Obviously, this is very atypical for a 150-foot yacht that just exploded.
ORIGNAL POST: According to The Star Ledger, a large yacht called “Blind Date” has exploded off the coast of Sandy Hook, NJ.
It seems like the ship exploded around 4:20 this afternoon and a number of passengers, approximately 21, had to abandon ship.
Seven passengers were reportedly injured, but the exact nature of the injuries is not known.
The ship was about 17 miles off the coast when the explosion occurred. The Coast Guard has sent ships and helicopters while some good samaritan vessels that were in the area have responded to the incident.
NOW WATCH: Executive Life videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.