Pier evacuated after 55-footer causes damage

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A 55-foot boat lost power and drifted through dense fog into the Balboa Pier Sunday night in Newport Beach, Calif., breaking pilings and causing the popular pier to be evacuated.

The pier remained closed early Monday, but reopened about 10 a.m. after investigators determined the pier was safe for Labor Day visitors, according to NBC Los Angeles.

The 13 passengers on the boat, called Lucky 7, wore life jackets and jumped into the water because the boat was repeatedly slamming into the pier. The captain remained on the boat, Newport Beach Fire Capt. Brett Sutherland told the station.

Balboa Pier is one of two piers in Newport Beach. Built in 1906, it is a popular fishing spot and is home to Ruby's Diner.

The boat's impact surprised customers Sunday night at the diner. Customers left meals at tables and employees dropped items they were preparing in the kitchen when the restaurant was evacuated, causing hundreds of dollars in food waste and unpaid bills.

Some suggested that the owner of the boat, which was estimated to be worth about $750,000, should help offset the costs of the damage.

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