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Old 30-11-2014, 08:45   #1
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Mast Meets Drooping High Voltage Powerline! Warning

A caution from from the Yahoogroups Mason Owners Forum

"A vessel here at Oceanview Marina reports a deadly dangerous drooping powerline near the Surigao Straits. The vessel is approximately 40' and they struck the wire at about 2/3 mast height.

The wire is strung from Bucas Grande to Middle Bucas at the entrance to Port Batuecos at approximate location:

09 41.2 N / 125 58.8 E

The Google Earth picture we have of this passage is poor, but there appears a dark shadow at the location the skipper identified. The cm93 database chart is slightly off register here so the location of this waypoint appears to be on the shore when it is in fact mid channel.

The vessel survived hitting the powerline but just barely. All electronics including transducers were blown up. Literally, blown up. The lone crew was remarkably not injured.

Another vessel we met in Palau earlier this year also reported this wire - they came very close to disaster themselves - but we were not able to get a precise location from them."
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