Yacht scraping cables leaves Lithuania's Curonian Spit briefly powerless
A yacht scraping a highvoltage electricity line in a prohibited zone in the Klaipeda port channel interrupted power supplies to the Curonian Spit for a brief period of time around noon on Monday, July 24.
"The main electricity transmission line from Klaipeda to Juodkrante had been disconnected, leaving the entire Neringa powerless. We believe the line was disconnected by a yacht sailing in a prohibited area under cables," Gabriele Patriubaviciute, head of communication project at Lithuania's electricity transmission system operator Litgrid , said.
Martynas Burba, spokesman for Energijos Skirstymo Operatorius (ESO), informed that power supplies to the Curonian Spit had been resumed about 40 minutes later.
Nerina Mayor Darius Jasaitis said that the biggest problems due to the power outage were encountered by local restaurants and cafes.
Vida Smigelskiene of the Fire and Rescue Department told BNS that the yacht that had caught fire was owned by a private individual from Sweden. In her words, the fire was extinguished, no people were injured.