March 1, 2016
UPDATE: Coast Guard working on repairs,
while lighthouse remains 'stuck'
By JOY CRIST
a fix on Monday that kept the light turning for several hours on Monday
night, it appears that the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is stuck once
again, and will continue to be “stuck” in one direction for at least
to Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn, of the 5th District Public,
the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse appears to have a broken spindle motor,
and U.S. Coast Guard crews are continuing to troubleshoot to see what
specifically is wrong.
members from Aids to Navigation Team in Wanchese are looking for a
potential replacement motor and parts at this time and report that
there does not seem to be any problem with the light itself – just with
the mechanism rotates the light.
light itself remains turned on and points out to sea," Littlejohn said,
"though the light might not be visible to mariners, depending on what
direction they are approaching from."
the light is still be used for navigation, the Coast Guard has been
issuing an hourly Safety Marine Information Broadcast (SMIB) to
notify mariners about the problem.
added that the lighthouse does not have a lens. It is lit by two
back-to-back, 1,000-watt rotating lights. The lights, he said are
serviced once a year or as needed. It was last serviced on Aug. 9
of last year when the bulbs were replaced.
As of this time, there is not an estimate of when the repair will be complete, but it is actively being worked on.