Florida drawbridge partially crushes pontoon boat, sending passengers scrambling

Boaters trying to escape rain were near signs marked 'Danger: Moving Machinery'

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Video showed the moment a rising south Florida drawbridge partially crushed a pontoon boat, with some on board jumping into the water to avoid injury. 

(Jillian Pisciotta/Instagram @jillianpisciotta )

Jillian Pisciotta captured the moment a drawbridge operator began raising the bridge span from the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter last month.

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"Twenty minutes went by, and the drawbridge began to open for a sailboat," Pisciotta told FOX 13 Tampa. "(The bridge) began to crush the boat and me and my friends were in shock, not knowing how to react."

(Jillian Pisciotta/Instagram @jillianpisciotta )

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Officials say the group of boaters tried to get away from the rain, but the boat was under a part of the bridge with posted signs reading, "Unauthorized personnel prohibited," "Danger: Moving Machinery," and "No Trespassing; Violators Will Be Prosecuted."

When the drawbridge began to rise, the machinery began pushing on part of the boat, crushing the side, according to FOX 13.

(Jillian Pisciotta/Instagram @jillianpisciotta )

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No injuries were reported. 

The bridge tender was unaware a boat was underneath the bridge at the time, a Palm Beach County spokesperson told WSVN.