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
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.