Crane collapses on boat in Connecticut marina

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It was a tough start to the boating season for a Stamford, Conn., couple whose 47-foot boat, still shrink-wrapped from the winter, was damaged by the steel arm of a crane that toppled at their marina.

The crane was pulling up pilings at Stamford Harbor Marina that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy when it toppled and fell last Wednesday morning.

“The balance of the crane got out of kilter and the crane began to slip off the barge and the boom landed on a 47-foot powerboat,” marina manager Jacqui Brindley told the Connecticut Post.

The boat kept the crane from toppling off the barge and into the water.

Varina Wakeman, owner of the damaged boat, said she was relieved that no one was hurt and she said insurance should cover any damage to her boat, Summer Place, which she and her husband purchased four years ago.

“I’m stunned, frankly,” Wakeman said while looking at the boom lying on her $120,000 yacht. “It’s kind of ironic that we survived Sandy and it is the repair from the hurricane that did the damage.”

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