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Tugboat Sinks in Gilboa Reservoir

Written By Editor on 12/19/16 | 12/19/16

Over the weekend a tugboat turned over at the Schoharie Reservoir in Gilboa. According to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, it was tethered to a barge. Around 8:30 this morning it was taking on water and sunk. A small amount of diesel fuel spilled into the water but none got into the general waterway as it was stopped by local booms.

The ship will be lifted to the surface via a dive team with industrial-size inflators. These will fill and bring the vessel to the surface. A crane will then be used to bring it to the shore. This method was used successfully for similar surfacings after Hurricane Irene in 2011.

No one was on the vessel and no one was injured. The surfacing should be completed Tuesday or Wednesday.
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