70-Foot Yacht Hits Bonner Bridge

Scary moments for those onboard a 70-foot yacht Thursday morning after it collided with the Bonner Bridge.

The Coast Guard says the "Inger" struck a piling on the first span of the bridge over the Oregon Inlet. The yacht received a 20-25 foot gash on its starboard side, above the waterline.

Two people onboard were not hurt and neither was the bridge. The DOT says the Bonner Bridge only received cosmetic damage.

The Coast Guard says the yacht was not passing through the bridge's center span, which has protective fendering. "We urge boaters to only use the protected span of the bridge for navigation," said Lt. Gregory Mosko, supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment Nag's Head. "There is only one protected span - the center span. All of the others have no protective fendering."

In October, 1990 a dredge collided with the bridge during a storm, causing severe damage to several of the spans and cutting off the island until repairs could be made.

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