Man and woman saved after boat crashes into NC coastal bridge

The Atlantic Beach High Rise Bridge. Facebook photo from Jeanette Sexton Deese

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WNCN) — The Coast Guard pulled an injured boater from the water south of Morehead City after a boat hit the Atlantic Beach High Ride Bridge on Sunday morning.

Crews at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington were called Sunday around 10 a.m. after a 23-foot pleasure craft with a man and woman on board hit the Atlantic Beach High Rise Bridge in Bogue Sound between Morehead City and Atlantic Beach.

A man was “ejected into the water” and hurt when the boat — which did not have a name — hit the bridge, the Coast Guard said.

A  crew on a Coast Guard boat from Station Fort Macon — which was already very close by — was diverted to the scene and pulled the man from the water at about 10:10 a.m.

The man, who suffered arm cuts and a head injury, was taken to the wildlife boat ramp at the Morehead City Visitor’s Center and placed in the care of EMS, the Coast Guard said.

He was taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. There is no word on his condition.

“We’re thankful we were within a mile of the accident when we got the call and able to get him from the water and into EMS care quickly,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Torres, boat operator for the case.

A good Samaritan vessel took the woman aboard and brought her to shore.

A Sea Tow vessel crew towed the damaged vessel to the wildlife boat ramp in Morehead City. The North Carolina Department of Transportation inspected the bridge and reported that the bridge suffered no damage.

The boat was headed east when it struck the bridge. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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