Lake Martin boaters will find a new “no wake” zone when they take to the water this summer.
The zone is located at the bridge where Ridge Island Way crosses over to Chimney Rock Island, commonly known as “the Bridge to Nowhere,” Capt. Gary Buchanan, patrol commander with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Marine Patrol Division, said in a Wednesday morning news release.
“Obviously, there were discussions following the recent crash in that area,” Buchanan said. “Even prior to that, the area was under consideration due to the volume of traffic that passes through the narrow lane between the bridge pilings.”
Earlier this month, David George Goodling, 56, was killed on Lake Martin after two separate boat collisions.
State investigators say three boats were involved in the two crashes on May 3 that left Goodling dead and a Norman Ray Harris, 62, of Leeds, seriously injured.
The first collision occurred near the “Bridge to Nowhere” when a Sea Ray boat operated by Harris and a Chris Craft boat operate by Goodling collided almost head-on, according to previous reports.
Under the direction of ALEA Marine Patrol, volunteers with the Lake Martin Resources Association (LMRA) have placed buoys in the new zone, Buchanan said.
“Marine Patrol and LMRA have a partnership that goes back over 20 years,” Buchanan said. “The work they do to keep hazards and other areas marked with buoys is vital to boating safety on Lake Martin.”
The president of LMRA John Thompson agrees with Buchanan and said his organization is happy to help.
“LMRA is always willing to help the Marine Patrol however we can whenever they call.”