Yacht scrap­ing ca­bles leaves Lithua­nia's Curo­nian Spit briefly pow­er­less

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

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.

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