A philosophical question: what's worse, a drawbridge stuck up,
or stuck down? The one in question was Charlevoix's, and was stuck
open after the ferry passed through on its way to the Island.
Pete Couture was on duty and quickly phoned his boss, Randall
Stevens, who thought it was an electrical problem. The two men
figured out a way to get it down (within two hours.) But the cause
had not been identified and fixed, so it was announced that the
bridge could not be opened. That meant a problem for the next
ferry run, which was already underway.
Luckily the Captain, Kevin McDonough, knew what to do: back down
the channel and release his passengers and luggage. Unfortunately,
the vehicles had to remain on board. Their owners were lodged
at BIBCO expense until an electrical engineer from Lansing could
arrive and make the necessary repairs. She was fixed just after
midnight, and Kevin moored the Emerald Isle at her rightful place.
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