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90-foot ketch collides with Ft. Lauderdale bridge
I wonder if there was a strong tidal current and perhaps some wind. A knot or two of tidal current plus momentum and/or wind can wreak havoc and make it hard to judge.
I was also thinking a compounding factor might be an engine issue such as loss of power, transmission, or throttle linkage.
Stopping might not have been possible with the best available option being to let momentum carry and impact bow first instead of broadside. Once they made the turn, getting out seems unlikely with 90 ft and that likely slow turning wooden vessel (long keel).
Last edited by engineer_sailor; 08-24-2013 at 10:21 AM.