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Charter boat hits Bonner Bridge

Posted August 5, 2013

A charter boat with nine people on board had to be rescued Monday after the captain grounded it near Bonner Bridge in the Outer Banks.

The Coast Guard said the Sandra D hit one of the bridge's support pilings around 6 a.m.

The 58 foot charter boat was left with a 5 by 10 foot hole in the bow.

No one was seriously injured, and the state Department of Transportation plans to survey the bridge to make sure there is no structural damage. 

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  • Cock a doodle doo Aug 6, 2013

    "I read another report that said the steering locked up and he backed the boat to a sand bar to keep it from sinking."

    I heard that on WUNC this morning as well.

  • baldchip Aug 6, 2013

    If the steering locks up-anything can happen. Professional captains often save the boat!!

    The difference between a real captain and one of us part timers is how the captain responds to an emergency.

  • rlsmith5 Aug 6, 2013

    I read another report that said the steering locked up and he backed the boat to a sand bar to keep it from sinking.

  • 12345_here Aug 6, 2013

    Wow this takes some skill to miss the channel and hit the pilings.

  • ecu4me2 Aug 6, 2013

    Bet he was out of the main channel and above wake speed. They try to cut short coming in....

  • archmaker Aug 6, 2013

    that bridge already has pilings that float and don't actually touch the ground underneath...it doesn't need extra help!

  • wu Aug 6, 2013

    That is a bridge over trouble waters.....

  • sunshine1040 Aug 5, 2013

    How long a boat tour did they get for free at least I would be demanding my deposit back and not paying since complete service was not rendered

  • MyNameIsMud Aug 5, 2013

    It was only supposed to be a three hour tour.

  • NoRespect Aug 5, 2013

    Holy, moly... how do you hit a bridge with a boat? And, agreed, it is time for a new bridge. That one has been seriously damaged many times.

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