Strong Winds Send Sailboat Into Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
Zeke Fuhrman | May 17, 2018 AT 2:40 pm
PHOTO/ DENNIS O'HARA – NORTHERNIMAGES.COM
A powerful burst of wind in the Duluth Harbor swept a small sailboat into the Aerial Lift Bridge, snapping the mast and nearly sending the vessel's occupants into the water. Bystander video showed a boat with a blue hull turned sideways and teetering as it neared the fully lowered bridge deck. People on the walkway ran along, some with cellphone cameras capturing the scene.
The four people aboard the 24-foot-long vessel were scrambling to avoid being thrown into Lake Superior or getting hit by the rapidly-descending mast. The NWS in Duluth said the winds in the harbor around that time went from 9 mph to 25 mph, with gusts reaching 38. The temp dropped from 81 degrees to 48.
Dennis O'Hara of NorthernImages.com captured video of the incident: