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Boaters urged to use caution on Savannah River after 50 foot houseboat sinks near Boat House

A 50 foot houseboat sank in the middle of the Savannah River, near the Boat House, Saturday morning.

"A big portion of it is sticking out but not enough to where you'd be able to see it. You could run into it, it's not easy to see," said Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus.

We rode with Bonitatibus as she and her crew ventured out to get a better view of the wreckage.

All you can see is the top of the 50 foot structure.

"The main thing is we have a lot of night boaters, we have a lot of boaters on this beautiful weekend. We expect it to be a pretty heavy boat day," said Bonitatibus.

According to DNR, a group was attempting to move the boat when it started taking on water.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

DNR says there was no gas or oil in on the houseboat when it went down.

Bonitatibus and her crew attached a buoy to what's sticking out of the water, to alert boaters.

The owner has insurance but the boat can't be moved until the insurance company assesses the damage.

Folks need to be aware. this isn't a fast process. We can't just come and yank it out of the water. It will probably be there for a couple of days. So, if you're out of the water please use caution because the last thing we need are two sunken boats," said Bonitatibus.

Bonitatibus says Sea Tow, the company that will remove the boat wreckage, won't be able to remove the houseboat until at Monday at the earliest.

 

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A 50 foot houseboat sank in the middle of the Savannah River, near the Boat House, Saturday morning.

The Department of Natural Resources says the owner has insurance and the boat will be in the water for a few days because the insurance company has to asses the damage before it can be removed.

One of the people attempting to move the boat says it started taking on water and immediately sank.

DNR says the witness told them there was no gas or oil in the boat.

The Savannah Riverkeeper placed a buoy on the houseboat.

You're asked to use caution if you're going to be boating in that area of the river.

 


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