Jays Sandbar Food Boat, a 32-foot, homemade floating restaurant, capsized and sank in the ICW in Fort Lauderdale after one of the workers on board said that wake from a passing boat snapped one of its pontoons.
The boat sank in less than five minutes. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to a call of a boat sinking, and they issued a statement saying, “Upon arrival, crews found the iconic Jay’s floating food truck rapidly sinking.”
Jeremy Lycke, who build the boat from reclaimed wood and metal, said he was out on a delivery about 12:30 p.m. when he heard a distress call from the food boat. He said he rushed back to find it already sinking. The two people on board, a hostess and a chef, were able to escape without any injuries.
Lycke wrote on his Facebook page that, “It could have been much worse. My crew is more important than anything.” He said the boat was “a total loss” but that he would rebuild “somehow.”
Jays has been in business for three years, delivering food, particularly alligator specialties, to area boaters. It is licensed as a “mobile food dispensing vehicle” by the state. Read more at
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