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Balboa Pier reopens; no damage found after boat accident

Balboa Pier reopens; no damage found after boat accident
The Balboa Pier in 2011. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The Balboa Pier has been reopened to visitors after engineers found no evidence of damage to its pilings caused by a boating accident.

Newport Beach police said the popular pier was reopened to the public around 9:45 a.m. Monday and that crowds of pedestrians and fishermen were soon enjoying Labor Day outings on the wooden structure.

The pier was closed Sunday night after a 55-foot-long private boat lost power and drifted into one of the pier pilings.

The boat's passengers were rescued and no one was injured.

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Engineers inspected the pier Monday morning and declared that it remained structurally safe, officials said.

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