Thu., May 30, 2013 10:00am (EDT)

Tybee Bridge Inspected After Boat Hit
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga.  —  
Federal officials are working to determine whether the Fort Pulaski Bridge in coastal Georgia is safe to reopen after it was hit by a shrimp boat. Strong winds pushed a boat into the bridge Wednesday, prompting authorities to close the span for an inspection. (Photo Courtesy of Peter Zimmerman.)
Federal officials are working to determine whether the Fort Pulaski Bridge in coastal Georgia is safe to reopen after it was hit by a shrimp boat. Strong winds pushed a boat into the bridge Wednesday, prompting authorities to close the span for an inspection. (Photo Courtesy of Peter Zimmerman.)
Federal officials are working to determine whether the Fort Pulaski Bridge in coastal Georgia is safe to reopen after it was hit by a shrimp boat.

Strong winds pushed a boat into the bridge Wednesday, prompting authorities to close the span for an inspection.

Thirty-five Coast Guard members, 20 tourists and 10 park service employees were allowed to cross the bridge to get off the island after the crash.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Cory Woods says the bridge showed signs of superficial damage and that divers would take a closer look at the structure to ensure that it's safe to cross.