Sailboat mast strikes drawbridge
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Trouble on the waters earlier Friday afternoon.
Someone captured a 90-foot sailboat crashing its mast into the Las Olas Boulevard drawbridge while it was in the down position.
"I thought with the speed it was going, the bridge was open, but then I heard a crash noise," Levent Ekendiz said, as he viewed the scene from his office at the Las Olas Marina. "We didn't know what to think because the boat was coming way too fast for a closed positioning bridge.
No one was injured, though the crash did surprise workers who were on the bridge when it occurred. "Rule of thumb is you don't want to get that close," Ekendiz said. "The bridge was in closed position, and they spotted that from a long distance. If I were the skipper, I wouldn't be that close to the bridge."
A salvage company was called out to tow the boat and reopen traffic on the intracoastal waterway. People with the City of Fort Lauderdale who helped tow the boat away said it appeared there was a problem with the boat's transmission. Eight people were on board, but no one was injured.
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