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Lights needed at "dangerous" Lake Ontario pier
Irondequoit, N.Y. The 3,000 foot Summerville Pier is a little difficult to see, especially at night. Its not uncommon for boaters to hit the pier while heading back to the inlet.
"It's probably the unfamiliarity with the area," says Thomas Simonds with the U.S. Coast Guard. "If you're following the shoreline, coming from the east side or the west side of the Genesee River trying to go into the Genesee, thats not going to be possible unless you head out further to go around piers."
That reality and recent crash scenes, the latest happening on 4th of July, have boaters and viewers saying things like "It's so tragic that people keep getting hurt because they simply cannot see it at night. It needs lights for safety."
By law, the green and red lights at the end of each pier are sufficient.
"The pier is lit according to United State Code and any code of federal regulations that embodied piers of this nature," says Simonds.
The Army Corps of Engineers maintains the Summerville Pier. The Coast Guard enforces navigation laws and responds to crashes. Neither can install new lights without federal approval.