Guayaquil, Ecuador: Why did Popular Tourist Bridge Santay Collapse?

Posted on October 13, 2017 • Filed under: Ecuador

A fishing boat hit this Thursday, October 12 against the wooden bridge of Santay Island, product of the mishap the platform of connection collapsed.

According to ECU 911 no injured or deceased persons are reported.

The bridge connected Guayaquil with the community of Santay Island. It has an extension of 860 meters in length by 4.50 meters in width. $ 15,668,625.96 was invested. Santay Island covers an area of ​​2 174 hectares and houses around 245 people.


Eduardo Galarza, one of the people who traveled through the place, said that the boat was stopping 50 meters before the bridge and by the tide failed to stop and hit.
According to Galarza, a person jumped off the boat and managed to swim to the shore. The authorities mention that the fluvial ship did not have the corresponding permits to advance from one pier to the other.

The governor of Guayas, Jose Francisco Cevallos, came to the scene and said that the 10 crew members of the boat were arrested to render their version of the events. There are no injuries or deaths. Read Article

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