No one was hurt after a sailboat lost power and hit the Lindsay C. Warren Bridge over the Alligator River on Saturday morning.
The U.S. Coast Guard notified Dare Central Communications and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Law Enforcement at approximately 9:30 a.m. that a 29 foot sail boat had lost power and was drifting towards the northwest side of the bridge that carries U.S. 64 between Dare and Tyrell counties.
Tyrell County Volunteer Fire Department and NC Wildlife Officers responded to the scene, according to Sgt. Johnathan Beardsley, where they found the boat had made contact with the span.
“Upon initial investigation N.C. Wildlife Officers have determined that the two men onboard the vessel had left Coinjock Marina yesterday evening in an attempt to cross the Albemarle Sound as they traversed the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway enroute to Florida,” Beardsley said.
“During the night, the vessel lost power from their diesel engine and the two men attempted to sail to the Alligator River Marina,” Beardsley said. “Due to high winds and low visibility the men chose to anchor just outside the marina.”
“This morning, the two men again attempted to sail the vessel into the Marina when they lost control and drifted into the bridge,” damaging the boat, Beardsley said.
Firefighters were able to secure a line to the distressed vessel and pull the vessel into the marina.
The N.C. Department of Transportation was notified of the allision, and the bridge is open to traffic.