Another boat sinks at Augusta marina

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Augusta Marina officials were scrambling to raise a sinking houseboat Monday, the third such incident in as many months on Augusta’s riverfront.

This 25-foot vessel was about half-submerged Monday afternoon, but marina workers and volunteers were trying to raise it.  STEVE CRAWFORD/STAFF
STEVE CRAWFORD/STAFF
This 25-foot vessel was about half-submerged Monday afternoon, but marina workers and volunteers were trying to raise it.

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.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/14/12 - 04:50 am
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You know, it doesn't take a

You know, it doesn't take a genius to figure this out. Why don't they just put a hole in the bottom of the boat to let the water out????? Geesh....I should get a job with the city.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/14/12 - 11:24 am
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Precedent

Here we go again. The city bailed out another owner of another boat a few weeks ago by using taxpayer funds to raze the boat, scrap it, and take the waste to the landfill. Once you do it for one, you've got to do it for all. Fred (What, me worry?) Russell just loves to spend other people's money.

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Tullie 08/14/12 - 04:55 pm
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Interesting

He said the owner was likely to be cited because the boat did not have a current registration sticker.

The owner should have been cited before this happened and I hope he has to reimburse the marina for their efforts.

These need to be hauled off to where ever they hold the drug runner boats. They could do like they do cars and houses that are seized..the owners have to pay a fine, take care of all the obligations, or they are auctioned.

What is up with letting these folks slide when they don't take care of their taxes, registrations, etc?

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