Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Wouldn't This Ruin Your Day?

This really happened!

Boat Stuck on Tortoise Island Bridge

Tortoise Island Bridge is in a residential area, and sees little use except during the weekend. The bridge tender shack is poorly positioned, and the bridge tenders poorly paid and poorly trained. I think they also double as security guards on Tortoise Island.

We have at least once had to nose up to the bridge fenders and put someone ashore to wake up the bridge tender.

This incident happened a couple of weeks ago, and what I heard was that 3 boats went through the bridge. The first guy called for the opening and said "3 boats requesting to go through". Apparently the bridge tender closed the bridge on the last boat. The mast of the boat poked through the bridge ironwork, and when the tender opened the bridge again, it lifted him in the air. I heard through the grapevine that the boat didn't suffer much but a broken headstay. No one was hurt.

But what a picture!!

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