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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  • by Capt. Location: N.C. on Jun 29, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    Right now the center span of the bridge is not navigable. Everyone is using the span to the south of the center span. This is all because Obama decided not to "Waste" money on Dredging.
  • by jojo on Jun 27, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    They must been on auto pilot
  • by Telling the truth Location: Dare County on Jun 26, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    To Chris in Greenville --- we bet if someone damaged YOUR property that you would expect that person to pay for it. Chances are that you would be screaming loudly as you sued the poor fellow.
  • by Jubilee Location: NC on Jun 26, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    Boat cant hurt that bridge no worse then the current that rushes through there, fiberglass boat or wooden boat is not going to hurt the pileings, just the boat. Besides just about every other pileing is not even doing any thing but dangeling in the water where the current has rushed n and out so much, oregon inlet is one of the worst inlets in nc. They really need to go ahead and build the new one and stop being afraid of the environmentalist, that is a big reason why alot of stuff is not getting done, they have to much power.
  • by robert on Jun 26, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    The bridge is there, you hit it, you pay for it. If you don't like it, then stay off the water...Responsibility is Responsibility...Why should we taxpayers have to pay for your mistake ? I don't even have a boat...
  • by Beth Location: Hatteras Island on Jun 26, 2009 at 02:52 PM
    The use of the alternate channel by large vessels must be stopped! If a boat impact occurs in the main channel, the fender system protects the pilings of the bridge from damage. If an impact occurs in the alternate channel, there is no such protection, the structural support of the bridge itself is directly impacted. The bridge is now serving its 16th year of duty beyond its initially projected retirement date back in 1993 with an estimated 10,000 vehicles a day traversing it this time of year. State highway engineers have rated the span, time and time again, as a 2 out of 100....with one being the worst. NOT ONLY is it the sole means of access on and off the island for over 30,000 visitors and Islanders on any given week, but additionally, the bridge carries the power and communication lines for the Island also. While I am thankful that no one was hurt, the event serves to highlight how fragile and tenuous our only link to the outside world has become. How long can we live on borrowed time? How long will our luck hold out? Beth Midgett www.replacethebridgenow.com
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 26, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    I bet he had his autopilot on, which is a no no for navigating in anything but open waters, otherwise why would he hit the bridge support. The damage was to his starboard side...whoever was running the boat didn't see the bridge upright???
  • by chuckles on Jun 26, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    HAHA. Dave can't spell Greenville but he cuts other people down.
  • by Dave Location: greemville on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    MrT. That was a very well thought out post. I did not realize that all people who operate large boats are from the northern part of the US and are here to buy property. Sounds like you have it all figured out. The fence thing sounds really smart....
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 26, 2009 at 11:15 AM
    Another rich Yankee down here trying to buy up all the beach front real estate in North Carolina.Then he can make it that much harder for life long Carolinians to get to the water. Then he'll be belly aching about this and that he doesn't like about NC, as if we made him move here in the first place.They should put up a fence on the old Mason Dixon line!
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