Boat Sinking in Star City

Morgantown Dominion Post
2 February 2016

STAR CITY — A boat sank off the Star City docks, and crews spent the night trying to remove water in order to free the vessel.

Only the front in of the 52 foot Coastal Cruiser boat at the Star City boat docks is above the water Monday, Feb. 2.
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At about 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, the boat began to sink, Star City Police Chief Vic Propst said. The boat is called the Enchantress and is owned by Grafton Mayor G. Thomas Bartlett III. The boat is seen frequently docked along the Star City riverfront.

Only the very top portion of the boat could be seen above water as night set in.

As of 7 p.m., crews were working on pumping water out of the boat. Propst said they did not expect to have it removed from the water by Monday night. Hazardous material crews were called to secure the boat in case of leaks. There was no leakage Monday evening.

Propst said they don’t know why the boat began to sink — if it was punctured or if it sunk from weight from melted snow. Nobody was onboard and nobody was hurt in the incident.

There is also a concern of damage to the docks, Propst said.