Sailboat hits Main Street bridge, mariners not injured

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A sailboat hit the Main Street bridge on Thursday afternoon, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers initially reported the sailing vessel Celer hitting the bridge, according to Karen Parker of FWC.

There is no significant damage to the bridge, according to a FDOT contractor who was already on the scene due to ongoing work on the bridge.

The contractor has a safety boat in the water and tried to help get the sailboat untangled, according to Gina Busscher of FDOT.

Busscher said the boat did not hit the lift span, which is the part cars drive on. The bridge will remain open to vehicular traffic, but boating traffic will likely be impacted.

According to the Coast Guars, the two mariners on the boat were not injured.

Coast Guard Mayport Petty Officer Anthony Soto said their 25-foot boat arrived on scene along with FWC and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

The sailboat sustained a broken mast and was towed by JFRD to River City Brewing Company marina, Soto said.


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