11 Injured After Lighthouse Walkway Collapses

On Tuesday, authorities in Maine revealed that rotten support beams were to blame for a walkway collapse that wounded 11 people during an open house event at a lighthouse.

When the boardwalk gave way, tourists plunged several feet to a mudflat below in a chaotic scene. Authorities from all around the region rushed to the scene.

Five of the eleven people harmed in Saturday’s collapse of the Doubling Point Lighthouse in Arrowsic were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Maine Open Lighthouse Day event allows tourists to explore lighthouses throughout the state.

Chief Deputy Brett Strout of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office said that a criminal inquiry into the collapse was not planned. There is no definitive timeline for when the lighthouse or its walkway will be repaired and reopened to the public.

People cleared the way for rescuers, allowing them to rush to help the hurt as soon as possible, something that “we’d all want,” Strout remarked.

The lighthouse, constructed in the late 19th century and still functions today, is maintained by the nonprofit organization Friends of Doubling Point Light. Karen McLean, a member of the nonprofit organization, said that they are cooperating with local authorities in the wake of the catastrophe.

McLean said nothing more. Located on the Kennebec River, some 40 miles north of Portland, the organization assumed responsibility for the lighthouse in 1998.

The Bath Iron Works shipyard is a significant employer along the Kennebec, and the lighthouse is a navigational aid for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Petty Officer Lyric Jackson said the Coast Guard is not participating in the reaction to the collapse since the damage to the walkway does not impact the lighthouse’s ability to serve as a navigation aid. Changing lightbulbs is the Coast Guard’s job, as Jackson put it.