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UPDATE: Abandoned quarantine station to be lit

In 2012 Pierce was in a boat that struck the abandoned quarantine station injuring several people and killing his wife, Barbara Pierce. (Source: WECT) In 2012 Pierce was in a boat that struck the abandoned quarantine station injuring several people and killing his wife, Barbara Pierce. (Source: WECT)
Ed Pierce honors late wife by laying flowers wear she died. (Source: Zach Hunt) Ed Pierce honors late wife by laying flowers wear she died. (Source: Zach Hunt)
SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) -

Two years after his wife's death Ed Pierce has finally been given the green light to add lights to a dangerous structure in the Cape Fear River.

In 2012 Pierce was driving a boat that struck the abandoned quarantine station injuring several people and killing his wife, Barbara Pierce. Two years later, the Coast Guard approved an application filed by Pierce to install a special light on the remaining structure.

Pierce had originally asked that the structure, located in the Cape Fear River near Southport, be removed, but that request was denied because the Coast Guard said it was beyond their jurisdiction to remove the structure.

On Friday Congressman Mike McIntyre released a statement applauding the Coast Guard for approving an application:

"In the aftermath of the tragic events that occurred two years ago, I am pleased to see that the Coast Guard has approved Ed Pierce's request and that steps are being taken to make the Cape Fear River safer for our boaters. Last August, we contacted the U.S. Coast guard to request their assistance in finding a solution to the abandoned concrete quarantine station that would address security concerns posed to navigational safety while also preserving the rich historical significance of the structure. I am pleased we were successful in working together with those concerned and I hope that the new special lighting on the platform will improve the safety of all those who travel our waterways!"

The structure remained unlit after several attempts were made to light and draw public attention to the dangerous structure, gaining some attention. Representative Mike McIntyre wrote a letter to the Coast Guard asking that changes be made to the structure, but those requests went unheard.

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