Never underestimate the powerful force of nature. Whenever I feel a severe storm is coming, I hesitate about where I should leave my car. I worry about any trees that might fall on my car or maybe the low road might be submerged by flood water. However, I never had to worry about getting carried away by my car. A family from St. Augustine, Florida had to go through this unfortunate experience with their own sailboat.
The St. Augustine firefighters shared a video of the freed boat on their Facebook page. In the caption of the video, the department said: “This boat broke down [loose] and was wedged under the Bridge of Lions and embarking on the water ». The boat remained moored in a dock until it was released by the winds and currents induced from the northeast. Conditions brought the ship down the Matanzas River with a family on board.
Everyone on board slept until the sailboat collided with the Ponte dei Leoni, a drawbridge that carries the A1A state road over the watercourse. When the boat got stuck under the bridge, it fell on its side and began to take on water. Thankfully, the firefighters were quick to respond and rescue the trapped boat. SAFD opened the video caption stating how busy its marine units have been with this fourth call in two days.
The St. Augustine firefighters managed to free and straighten the boat. Everyone aboard the sailboat was fine after the accident. Three adults, a child and two pets were reported. Prima Costa News reported that an eyewitness posted on Facebook that “the family is unharmed and their boat doesn’t look bad considering”. The family was repaired by the eyewitness on their boat, while the SAFD pumped the water and saved the family boat. All in all, this is a very good result compared to what could have happened.