Coast Guard adjusts Bonner Bridge boat restrictions

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard is changing the restrictions it placed on boaters in the Oregon Inlet earlier this week.

Since Sunday, boats in the Outer Banks have not been able to travel under the Bonner Bridge because the Coast Guard saysa it’s too shallow. The inlet needs to be dredged and Coast Guard officials said they were afraid boats would hit and damage the bridge if they passed underneath.

The decision outraged fishermen, who were in the last days of the lucrative bluefin tuna season.

On Thursday, the Coast Guard said it would adjust the depth restrictions: only vessels with a draft greater than five feet are not allowed within 100 yards of the bridge.

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