11 people injured after bridge to Maine lighthouse collapses

Almost a dozen guests have been injured after a platform to a historic Maine lighthouse collapsed Saturday, in the course of the state’s annual occasion encouraging tourism to lighthouses.

Guests to the Doubling Level Lighthouse fell into the rocks and mudflats on the river’s shoreline after the final portion of the ramp that went to the lighthouse had collapsed, based on an announcement from Bathtub Deputy Hearth Chief Chris Cummings.

5 individuals have been taken to native hospitals and one other six have been handled on the scene, however not one of the accidents have been life threatening, Cummings mentioned.

The incident occurred on Maine Open Lighthouse Day, an annual celebration sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard the place vacationers are inspired to go to dozens of historic lighthouses all through the state.

A platform leading to a lighthouse collapsed in Arrowsic, Maine, on Sept. 9, 2023.A platform resulting in a lighthouse collapsed in Arrowsic, Maine, on Saturday.Brett McIntire

The Pals of Doubling Level Mild, which manages the lighthouse, informed The Related Press there isn’t a timeframe but for the platform’s restore. The lighthouse’s web site states its closed to guests till additional discover.

The Doubling Level Lighthouse is an energetic lighthouse used to assist assist the Coast Guard, based on the American Lighthouse Basis.

The federal government purchased the plot of land the place the lighthouse sits in Arrowsic, Maine, in 1896 after an annual report urged a necessity for fog lights alongside the Kennebec River, the lighthouse web site says.

“In 1899 the lighthouse was moved from its unique basis to its current location on the finish of an extended catwalk that extends by way of the marsh and into the Kennebec River,” the web site says.

Pals of the Doubling Level Mild raised the $50,000 to rebuild the lighthouse’s basis. The whole challenge was accomplished in 2001, which included a rebuild of the walkway to the lighthouse and a brand new coat of paint.