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9:20 a.m. UPDATE: The Coast Guard says the sailboat is still attached to its anchor.
'It's partially aground and has not made contact with the bridge. If things change, the Coast Guard will reassess the situation and respond as necessary,' said PA1 Brandyn Hill told
Hill says the Coast Guard has contacted the owner, who plans to move the boat away from the bridge today.

NORFOLK -- A sailboat is adrift in the Lafayette River, right next to the Hampton Blvd. Bridge in Norfolk.

The boat was spotted overnight, its mast visible above the bridge.

The Coast Guard says it's too dangerous to try and move the boat right now because of the windy conditions.

'It's risk versus reward,' said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd class David Weydert. 'It's not causing any damage to the bridge, so we'll wait until daylight and evaluate our options.'

Officials don't know where the sailboat came from or when it broke loose. The Norfolk Yacht and Country Club is nearby and many of the private homes in the area have docks.

There was a severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday and the waves were expected to be four to five feet.

The sailboat is not causing any traffic problems on the Hampton Blvd. bridge.

A gale warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for the Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point to Windmill Point to New Point Comfort to Little Creek and Cape Henry. Click here for the Marine forecast from the weather center.

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