Recent boat crashes raises concerns over lighting at Summerville Pier

Created: 07/07/2014 5:48 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

There was another crash involving a boat and the Summerville Pier. After this crash and another just two weeks ago, some are questioning just how well you can see the pier at night. People say there should be more lights on the pier because it is difficult to see at night. 

Scott Napier was on his boat with his family near the Summerville Pier on the Fourth of July.

Scott Napier said, “I saw a boat flying by and I commented, I said, ‘Wow, I wonder if that guy knows there's a pier there, he's going really fast.’”

Then Napier heard a boom, but it wasn’t a firework. It was the boat crashing into the concrete. 

Napier said, “I don't know if it was out of control and spinning, but I saw it hit a second time so I quickly moved out of the way because I didn't want us to get hit.”

His family was fine, but several people on the boat were injured. 

This is the second incident of a boat smashing into the side of the pier in the past three weeks, leaving many questioning if it is fully visible at night. The Coast Guard says it is. 

Petty Officer Second Class Christopher Dominguez, US Coast Guard, said, “The law for the Coast Guard is to be well lit. I mean it is well lit. It's just the people who don't have a good understanding of where they are going to be driving.”

Experienced boaters agree, saying the lights at the tip of the pier are clearly visible, even from the side where the boats have crashed.

Jimmy Carminati said, “Any boater should be looking for those red and green lights to know there's a channel there and they should be aware of that before they're navigating the area.”

News10NBC spoke with several people who insist it needs more lights, but none would talk on camera.

Napier said, “It might be nice to have the lights there, but I don't think that's the answer to stopping people from being irresponsible.”

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