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Wayne Newton

65-ft. Luxury Yacht

Mysteriously Sinks

10/21/2013 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sinking News

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Wayne Newton's fancy boat is almost entirely underwater on Lake Mead, AZ ... and TMZ has the first pic of the sunken vessel.

Newton wasn't on board the 65-foot yacht when it went down while moored in a marina. The bow of the "Rendezvous" is all that's left above water right now.

It's a total mystery how the yacht suddenly sunk -- but a rep for the National Park Service tells TMZ the initial assessment  is some sort of equipment failure.

This is the latest financial catastrophe for Newton ... who was sued last year by an ex-business partner over failed plans to turn his former home into a museum. 

The Park Service told us it will begin salvage operations on the yacht this week, and then park service rangers -- and insurance investigators -- will begin their probe.

Danke schoen.

44 COMMENTS

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1.

iime    

Alright, who forgot to put the drain plug back in???

346 days ago
2.

Truth    

SO BOAT IS MOORED FOR YEARS AND SUDDENLY SINKS... LAME ATTEMPT AT AN INSURANCE GRAB... #TRUTH!!

346 days ago
3.

Jim    

Nice to know there is absolutely NO SECURITY at that marina. Someone should be fired.

346 days ago
4.

Vote2012    

He is broke, probably trying to collect the insurance money. Boats don't sink on there own in marinas, plus the marina water is not that deep.

346 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Sounds like he has paid his slip fees and someone came to collect.

346 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

Buahahahahahhahaha someone probably put a hole in it and it just sank real slow and funny like

346 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

The precursor to being knee capped. He's a Vegas guy. Wonder if he has a big secret debt to someone?

346 days ago
8.

Italia    

I'm no yacht captain, but even I know that the only way a boat sinks is if there's a hole in the bottom. LOL !

346 days ago
9.

Italia    

He couldn't "sell" it so he "sank" it.

346 days ago
10.

charl62089    

Thats whay happens when you pull the plug

346 days ago
11.

Italia    

It was public knowledge for many years that Wayne Newton owed the Vegas casinos millions, which is why he had to work there for so long. But if he did owe anybody money, they usually take the yacht, not sink it. If somebody sinks a yacht, it's usually the yacht owner trying to get insurance money.

346 days ago
12.

Carriejane    

Insurance fraud anyone ?

346 days ago
13.

ABB    

Really comical obvious insurance scam? DENIED beach!

346 days ago
14.

CN    

Newton is trying to sell his house for $70 million? Maybe if he was less narcissistic and more realistic he could sell it. A museum? Really?

346 days ago
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sean    

Ooh, I saw this in a cartoon once. Bugs Bunny threw an anchor to Yosemite Sam who caught it and his boat sank. Pretty sure that's what happened here.

346 days ago
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