Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Sinking of yacht owned by Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton at Lake Mead blamed on drain hoses

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Investigators have concluded that the sinking of a Lake Mead yacht owned by Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton was an accident, a National Park Service official said Thursday.

The Oct. 18 sinking of the 65-foot vessel was traced to the failure of two hoses to drain water from a rear storage compartment, park service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said.

One hose was disabled by a kink, and the other wasn't properly connected, Vanover said.

No one was on the boat and no one was injured when the 1996 Skipperliner, named Rendezvous, became swamped and sank stern-first in 49 feet of water in a slip at the Temple Bar marina on the Arizona side of the Colorado River reservoir.

The vessel and items in it were a complete loss, the park service report said.

Newton's sister-in-law and family spokeswoman, Tricia McCrone, didn't immediately respond Thursday to messages. McCrone had said that Newton and his wife, Kathleen McCrone, were vacationing out of the country when the boat sank.

The vessel was one of the largest on the vast reservoir behind Hoover Dam. A photo provided by the Park Service at the time showed the boat's bow sticking straight up from the water.

The loss of Newton's yacht came several weeks after the 71-year-old "Danke Schoen" crooner lost a three-year ownership battle for his 40-acre "Casa de Shenandoah" estate. Newton had lived at the spread several miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip since 1968.

Newton had creditors at the door when he sold the property in 2010 for $19.5 million to CSD LLC, headed by investors Lacy and Dorothy Harber.

Newton, his family and their menagerie of exotic animals moved in June to a downsized nearby property with several homes on about 20 acres.

His former estate was put up for sale in September for $70 million.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Submit a Random Act of Kindness
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media