Salvage efforts continue on sunken yacht

9:26 AM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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HUDSON, Wis. - Salvage crews hope the second time is the charm as they attempt to remove a sunken yacht from the St. Croix River in Hudson Wednesday.

The 60-foot, three-story craft sank early Friday while moored at a dock owned by Hudson-Afton Cruise lines. The owner of the company discovered it around 4 a.m. and immediately contacted the owners and Exenvironmental, an environmental company to minimize leakage of fuel and oil.

A major effort to remove the yacht on Labor day was unsuccessful due to a broken cleat on the craft and pumps that couldn't keep up with water removal.

Crews will return to the river Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. for a second attempt at removing the yacht. The plan calls for divers to run heavy duty straps underneath the sunken craft and create a cradle to lift the hull. A large crane being used on the new St. Croix River bridge project will be used to do the lifting.

Exenvironmental has secured larger pumps to remove water from the hull to reduce the weight of the craft. A spokesperson for the company says it's the largest recovery job they have ever tackled. At this point there is no estimate as to how much the recovery effort will cost.

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