Rowing teams warned to avoid river trestle after debris hits boat

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Augusta Rowing Club teams have been warned to avoid a Savannah River railroad trestle after falling construction debris damaged a boat Monday.

“Right now, we’re asking that no one row up toward the bridge while construction is going on,” said Michael Cobb, the club’s boathouse manager and coach.

Members of Augusta State University’s rowing team escaped injury Monday when an iron railroad spike fell from the Norfolk Southern trestle and punctured the hull of the specially designed carbon and fiberglass boat, known as a shell.

“It missed one of the guys by just inches and buried itself in the deck of the boat,” Cobb said. “We spoke to their representatives, who were very nice, and they have referred me to their insurance company.”

The damaged boat, he said, could be repaired for less than $1,000.

The four-week construction project involves replacing railroad ties and performing other maintenance work to the trestle, which was built in 1899.

During the project, Cobb said, the college, high school and middle school rowing teams will practice in other areas.

“We can keep on rowing because we have 14 miles downstream,” he said. “But we are lucky no one was hurt.”

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commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 09/22/11 - 02:05 pm
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Pay & go to college to row a

Pay & go to college to row a boat?

TCB22
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TCB22 09/22/11 - 04:21 pm
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Why were warnings about

Why were warnings about falling construction debris not issued prior to the man almost getting killed?

Insider Information
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Insider Information 09/22/11 - 04:24 pm
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commonsense, it's the oldest

commonsense, it's the oldest sport in the country.

So, let me get this straight... The construction workers' negligence damages a boat and almost injures a person, so their response is to issue a warning?

How about the construction supervisors issue a warning to the workers that they will be fired if they continue to be so careless?

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Vito45 09/22/11 - 10:50 pm
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Insider, I wouldn't fault the

Insider, I wouldn't fault the worker so much as the construction company for not having appropriate measures in place that would catch falling debris. Any 5th grader could look at that situation and see the likelihood someone would drop something and there is nothing underneath to stop it. If nothing else, pull police tape from abutment to abutment so water traffic would not pass underneath.

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Insider Information 09/23/11 - 06:32 am
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Regardless if it was the

Regardless if it was the worker or the company, it certainly wasn't the rowers' fault.

I think the rowers should issue their own warning - here's the bill and here's the phone number of a lawyer if you don't want to pay it.

What would you think if a car blew through a red light, smashing into your car and the driver's response was to issue you a "warning" that he was going to keep driving and acting reckless?

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ASURowerGirl 09/23/11 - 08:57 am
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Commonsense, Your comment

Commonsense,
Your comment makes no sense, I mean.. why pay and go to college to play football?

Vito you do have a point, but I think it was unfair that they would just tell us "Whoops. Well.. we're going to keep doing it. So watch out."

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 09/23/11 - 01:04 pm
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Anyone with a little C4 or a

Anyone with a little C4 or a car running into the train can set-off a chain reaction explosion of the trains that ride RIGHT NEXT to the Marble Palace so powerful that few within a mile's radius of the Marble Palace could survive it. The sight of citizens dying and gasping for air from the release of tons of caustic materials would rival any horror movie ever made. The train should be routed closer to its delivery points by letting it cross the existing bridge down river, not right through the heart of town.

I had a New York investor willing to poor about 1 BILLION dollars into Augusta until we were stopped by the train in my limo. The head investor flew away with all our millions after telling me any town foolish enough to let that much explosives and steal that close to its city center was a FOOLISH sitting duck. We couldn't argue with him...

The train bringing our city center to a grinding halt several times a day is why multinational companies are pouring investments into cities all around Augusta but not here as much as they would if we didn't have the train paralyzing our city several times a day..

They are endangering & starving our taxpayers because our tax-users have given them no reason to be careful or considerate.

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