Monday, 05 November 2007 09:30

Tanker rams light tower off Staten Island

Ambrose Light Tower
Ambrose Light Tower
Last night (November 4th) the 799-foot tanker Axel Spirit slammed into The Ambrose Light. The navigation aid is a 76-foot structure that sits 12 miles southeast of Staten Island and is a key navigation marker in the main shipping lane into New York Harbor.

Investigators are not sure how it happened. No injuries or pollution were reported. The accident happened amid roughly 5-foot waves and 25-knot winds as the stormy remains of Hurricane Noel approached the seas off New York.

According to the Wikipedia, the rotating 10,000,000 candle-power light is visible for up to 18 miles.

More Info: US Coast Guard
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