Boats hit Port Stanley lift bridge

The lift bridge in Port Stanley was closed temporarily for inspection on Tuesday, Sept. 25 after a perch fishing boat and a sailboat broke free from where they were moored.

The bridge reopened to traffic later that afternoon after the inspection.

A total of three vessels were involved after being dislodged from where they were tied along the side of the Port Stanley harbour south of the lift bridge on the Lake Erie side.

The first vessel became dislodged at about 1:30 a.m. (the first fishing tug), the second at about 2:30 p.m. (the second fishing tug) and the third (the sailboat) at about 7 a.m.

A surge of waves five to six feet tall caused the boats to come free of where they were tied, Central Elgin Fire Chief Chris McDonough said.

Read the full story in the Wednesday, Sept. 26 print edition of The Aylmer Express.