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Old 05-18-2015, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Boater rescued after striking I-10 bridge

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A boater was stranded in the tower of his sunken vessel for hours overnight after he struck a piling on the Interstate 10 bridge spanning Escambia Bay.

The man was rescued this morning after striking the bridge around 9 p.m. last night. He was severely injured and was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital.

Rescuers worked from Archie Glover Boat Ramp after the boater was spotted Monday morning. Crews from Avalon and Bagdad fire stations as well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Coast Guard participated in the rescue.

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SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) Emergency crews are rescuing a stranded boater after his boat struck the Escambia Bay Bridge.

Santa Rosa County spokesperson Joy Tsubooka tells Channel Three News the boater, who is in his 50s, was spotted Monday morning clinging to a piling on the east bound span of the bridge.

His boat hit the bridge about 9 p.m. Sunday night and sank. Crews from two area fire departments, along with the Coast Guard and Florida Wildlife Commission are responding to the scene.

The manís name and condition are not known.
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First part says tower of boat last says it sunk I wonder how big was boat? I wonder if boat would be worth salvaging?
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Glad he was found soon enough. Someone has there stories crossed about whether boat was completely sunk or not. Another good reason to further my argument about having permanently mounted headlights on a boat if your gonna run at night. If you drive down the highway without headlights you'll get a ticket...
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Glad he was found soon enough. Someone has there stories crossed about whether boat was completely sunk or not. Another good reason to further my argument about having permanently mounted headlights on a boat if your gonna run at night. If you drive down the highway without headlights you'll get a ticket...

I've tried spotlights......maybe just the wrong kind. Hated them, especially in a fog/mist situation. They actually were worse than nothing (glare?). Maybe fog lights would be best all around? An accurate GPS, and common sense (especially on the throttle) go a long way. Hope he is OK! Speaking of GPS, my first one was a cheapo (no card/chip mapping). One night I was crossing the bay just S of I-10, and a piling marker that was SUPPOSED to be about 50' to starboard zinged by about 4' to my portside! That sure got the adrenaline pumping for a minute. I was GPS shopping the next day.
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If it happen outside the shipping channel, boat could have both "sunk" and the tower still be exposed.
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It's kinda weird, I checked the bridge last night at about 2300 but was on the south west side, looked over the railing and all!!! He was supposedly on the north east side!!! I am glad he was OK when found!!!
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It's kinda weird, I checked the bridge last night at about 2300 but was on the south west side, looked over the railing and all!!! He was supposedly on the north east side!!! I am glad he was OK when found!!!
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How does somebody run into a bridge? I can understand if the steering goes out while you're passing through but its not like the thing jumps out at you...
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has the make / model of the boat identified?
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Hope he recovers
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