WHERE: Savannah River bank, just upstream from the Fifth Street bridge in North Augusta
WHAT: An abandoned, partially submerged houseboat
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: The boat’s owner moved it from place to place in recent years but hasn’t been around since rising waters caused it to roll and sink at its current location, near a homeless camp, according to Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus.
ACTION TAKEN: When the boat sank, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Coast Guard assisted the Riverkeeper with removing all contaminants. But removing the wreck itself is a costly undertaking, and the Riverkeeper hopes to raise the money. “The only reason we haven’t done it yet is because we don’t have the funding to do it,” Bonitatibus said. “We are working with SCDNR to get out a big call for volunteers.”