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Sailboat Dismasted by Bridge near Myrtle Beach, SC

Capt. Miller’s advice about making the bridge tender aware of your position, especially if you are near the end of the line and/or on the blind side, is a good idea indeed.

Subject: Sailboat Dismasted Under Bridge
Cruising News:
On or about April 23rd, just before departing Dock Holiday Marina in North Myrtle Beach, I heard a report on channel 16 of a bridge coming down on a sailboat.
I sometimes radio bridge tenders to indicate that I am “entering the fender area of the bridge” so they know that I am there. I do this especially when my boat enters from the tender’s blind side. I plan to do this every time I pass through a bascule bridge.
Max Miller

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