The City of Sanibel announced an island-wide power outage at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, was caused by a sailboat hitting transmission lines. Lee County Electric Cooperative restored power less than an hour later. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reported the sailboat was in the channel at the time of the accident and contact was made between an antenna on top of the mast of the sailboat and the transmission line. The report indicates the sheriff’s office dispatched a marine officer and the LCSO helicopter to the scene. No injuries were reported and the sailboat freed itself.
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