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Army Corps of Engineers doing routine work at Lorain breakwall where fatal crash occurred

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    Anglers head out past the steel breakwall near the spot where two people were killed in an accident on July 4th. The item in the background was placed there by the Army Corp of Engineers.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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LORAIN — Work done on a breakwall in Lorain harbor Monday was not related to a fatal boating accident last week.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo Division spokesman Michael Izard-Carroll said the agency was doing maintenance work on a sheet pile on the breakwall but it didn’t stem from a Fourth of July accident that killed Tim Moore, 54, and Penny Nickeson, 49.

Lorain Port Authority Executive Director Tom Brown said the Army Corps of Engineers has been doing work intermittently all summer along the lake.

Moore and Nickeson, along with Moore’s 10-year-old grandson, hit a steel breakwall in a powerboat on Lake Erie at a high rate of speed about 10:50 p.m. July 4 after the Lorain fireworks, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Watercraft.

A breakwall or “breakwater” is a structure near shores used to protect harbors from destructive waves.

Moore was pronounced dead at the scene, and Nickeson was later pronounced dead at Mercy Regional Medical Center. The grandson went to a hospital with minor injuries. Doctors released him to his parents. Authorities have not identified the boy.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephanie Elfman said the procedure after a boating accident is for the Coast Guard to go out and inspect the lights and navigational tools in the area.

“We checked everything along that breakwall right up to the entrance buoy,” Elfman, who is based in the Coast Guard’s Buffalo sector, said. “Which was seven lights total and all of them were working when we went out there.”

Elfman noted any decisions involving adding more lights to the breakwall would supersede the sector level, where she is, and would like go up to the district level.

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @KatieHNix.


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