VIDEO: High winds, waves knock lighthouse into Lake Michigan
A lighthouse was swept away by high winds and waves on Lake Michigan on Monday.
NBC 25 reports the South Pier Light's 20-foot-tall fiberglass tower, on the south side of the Manitowoc Breakwater Light in Wisconsin, fell into the lake around 8:30 a.m. All that is left is the concrete base.
Rest In Peace, South Pier Lighthouse. We can now add this to our upcoming attractions in our Marine Sanctuary along with the shipwrecks.— Mayor Justin Nickels (@mantymayor) January 7, 2019
In all seriousness, the coast guard has been notified about this since it is their lighthouse. All will be well. https://t.co/Jzpc5ZlKiK
A photo taken by Ann Barbeau shows the light being hit by waves before washing away:
The Manitowoc Breakwater Light, located at the mouth of the Manitowoc River, is a 52 foot steel tower set upon a 22 foot by 48 foot concrete base. The present light was built in 1918, replacing earlier lights built in 1840 and 1895.
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