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Maritime lawyers tackle Wilma claim

Legacy3_2 A federal lawsuit filed in Key West District Court this week alleges an insurance company failed to make good on its policy for a 158-foot luxury yacht grounded by Hurricane Wilma in October 2005.

The photo shows the Legacy aground at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, where the plaintiffs say it remained for more than two years, stuck in sand and sea grass.

The lawsuit, first reported by Courthouse News Service, was filed by Legacy owner Peter Halmos against Pennsylvania-based Insurance Company of North America.

Halmos and friends were in the Gulf of Mexico near the Keys when Wilma closed in on them on Oct. 24, 2005. They decided to hunker down and ride out the storm, which knocked them aground.

Halmos and his crew claimed they were spending more than $1 million a month to try to free the Legacy and prevent any environmental damage, according to this yachting blog. Now they want the insurance company to reimburse some of those damage costs.   

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Dave Ross

Third anniversary of Wilma goes unnoticed..., sort of.

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