Augusta Marina officials were scrambling to raise a sinking houseboat Monday, the third such incident in as many months on Augusta’s riverfront.
Mike Stacy, who operates the marina under a contract with the Augusta Ports Authority, said the 25-foot vessel was spotted half-submerged around 3 p.m.
Stacy and a group of volunteers had four pumps and a system of cables in place within a couple of hours. He said they were working to raise the boat. Stacy has had some practice. He and others raised two other boats that sank dockside in June.
Ranger Grant Matherly, of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said the vessel’s owner had not been located by 6:30 p.m. Matherly said heavy rain over the weekend might have contributed to the sinking, but the cause was yet to be determined. He said the owner was likely to be cited because the boat did not have a current registration sticker.