From social media:
Does anyone know how big this boat is? I saw a 70' charter
by the name Muse.
"MARIGOT, St.Martin -- A large cruising catamaran named Muse broke its mast
in two when its rigging
caught in the Sandy Ground bridge as it was exiting Simpson Bay Lagoon
on Thursday evening.
Early indications are that a loose line from the mast's rigging drifted out unexpectedly, perhaps blown by the wind
, and caught on the bridge apparatus between one hydraulic arm and an underneath drawbridge crosspiece, causing the mast
to break under the load as it motored through the bridge opening. The mast did not fall to the deck
, but the top section rested on the crosspiece.
The incident occurred at the 5:30pm opening and created a long tailback of traffic on both sides of the bridge. However, most drivers turned around to take alternative routes once they learned out what had happened.
The Territorial Police and Gendarmerie were on hand to control a large crowd that gathered on both sides of the bridge to watch the spectacle as the drawbridge was stuck in the upright position.
Firemen were the first to respond, but considerable time passed as discussion on how to resolve the situation took place. In the end consultation with Geminga boatyard resulted in the use of a Manitou front-loader, the type with an extended boom used at marlin fishing
tournaments, to reach the top section of the mast.
French-side sea rescue's Jean-Claude van Rymenant, who was present on the scene, reported the top section of the mast had been lifted from the crosspiece and the tangled rigging cut away, then brought down on the drawbridge as it was lowered, preventing it from falling into the water
or causing damage to the catamaran deck
The operation was completed at around 9:15pm and traffic allowed to cross. Harbourmaster Régine Hee said it appeared the bridge itself had not been damaged and should resume normal operation, but added she would not know for certain until the morning. The priority was to let the traffic cross.
No details from the catamaran crew on what they thought had happened as they passed through the bridge could be obtained last night. The vessel was able to manoeuvre away from the channel with its engines once the mast's top section had been removed."