55-Foot Boat Loses Power, Drifts Through Fog Into Balboa Pier

The pier reopened for the start of the Labor Day holiday

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    A yacht named Lucky 7 crashed into Balboa Pier Sunday evening after it lost power. The crash foiled fishermen’s early morning plans on Labor Day and emptied Ruby’s Diner as the pier remained closed until Monday morning. Gadi Schwartz reports from Newport Beach for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2013.

    A 55-foot boat lost power and drifted through dense fog into the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach near 20th Street on Sunday night, breaking pilings on the popular pier and causing it to be evacuated, authorities said.

    The crash occurred about 8:15 p.m. near 20th Street. No significant injuries were reported, according to Gloria Re of the Newport Beach Fire Department. The pier remained closed early Monday, but reopened at about 10 a.m. after investigators determined the pier was safe for Labor Day visitor.

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

    "There were a lot of people on the water who went to help," said witness Cypress Rios.

    Cleanup at Diner on Pier Struck by Boat

    [LA] Boat Drifts Into Pier, Surprises Diner Customers
    Customers left meals on tables and employees dropped what they were preparing in the kitchen at Ruby's Diner when a 55-foot boat drifted into Balboa Pier Sunday night. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Monday Sept. 9, 2013.

    No serious injuries were reported, according to authorities.

    The boat was estimated to be worth about $750,000 and it was on the way to the Huntington Harbor when the crash occurred amid foggy conditions. The pier remained shrouded in fog at mid-day Monday.

    The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

    Balboa Pier is one of two piers in Newport Beach. Built in 1906, it is a popular fishing spot and 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.

    The pier was damaged during El Nino storms of 1998.

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