Bremerton man breaks leg after colliding with barge

A 50-year-old Bremerton man broke his leg after his sailboat collided with a floating barge working on the Manette Bridge Sept. 27.

The collision was reported around 4:08 p.m. and a police officer observed the sailboat had been lodged under the front of the barge. State Department of Transportation workers transported the 50-year-old, who was the registered owner of the boat, to the pier. The man’s leg was crushed between the hull of his sailboat and the barge. No one else was reported injured.

The man was transported to Harrison Medical Center for treatment to his broken leg.

Along with the 50-year-old on his sailboat, there were two other male passengers who said that they were helping the 50-year-old relocate his boat and moor it.

The two men said they were at full sail when the current took control of the boat and pushed it into the barge. They added that they had not been drinking.

The 50-year-old provided consent to have his sailboat towed from the area. Written consent was also provided to the Coast Guard to take control of the collision. The barge was not damaged.

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