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We ask our fellow cruisers to please notify Larry Dorminy at SSECN if you heard any of our VHF 09 transmission to the bridge tender on 4/11/2014, at approx. 1045, regarding the opening of this bridge.
If any other cruisers/boaters have had issues with this bridge, we ask that you please notify SSECN. This situation needs immediate attention before someone is seriously injured, or worse.
Talking with the locals at the marina at which we are hauled out for repairs, problems with this bridge tender’s attitude, and his denial of requests for openings is well known. Safe and happy cruising.
Susan and Tom Constantine
We had a similar problem with the bridge tender on October 8, 2012. We requested the bridge to open, the tender at first did not answer, after repeated calls the tender finally answered. Since we were a small boat (22 C-Dory) the tender wanted us to come up to the bridge and determine if we could get under without opening. We were headed south with a swift current towards the bridge so I did not want to approach close to the bridge without it open. I knew I could get under if I took down the antenna and anchor light. So that is what we did and proceeded with the bridge closed. I did not think was the safest approach, dismantling the boat to go under a bridge while underway, however I did not want to continue discussing this with the tender.
This post is concerning. My home port is Lightkeepers Marina in Little River. I have been back and forth thru LR Swing countless times over the past 13 years while there. I have simply never had issues with LR Swing. In contrast, I have always said to other cruisers that LRS is one of the most accomadating bridges on the ICW. The tenders are always very accomadating, super polite, for me and I can never remember waiting more than a few minutes. Sorry for your experience.
We have cruised through the Little River Swing Bridge many, many times north and southbound and it has always been pleasant passage. Sunday, April 13, 2014 being the latest passage. There have also been times when i have heard Boaters not being so pleasant with the Bridge Tenders causing them to get a little agitated with the Boater. A “10″ for the Little River Swing Bridge. Keep up the good work.
The “Fire Dog” & Crew
Raymond W Smith
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