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UPDATED: Work continues today to raise sunken sheriff’s boat

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 19, 2011 at 10:46 am |
July 19, 2011 11:17 am

Crews will be working today to finish raising a Pierce County sheriff’s patrol boat that mysteriously sank at the Narrows Marina on Monday afternoon.

Crews were able to bring The Reliance about three-quarters of the way out of the water Monday, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. They are working on a plan to get it the rest of the way out.

The 32-foot vessel sunk within about 25 minutes Monday.

The boat should be out of the water in a few hours, Troyer said.

Afterward, the boat will be inspected by a marine experts, the insurance company and others to determine what’s next.

“If we can salvage it, we sure will,” Troyer said.

The county spent $260,000 to have The Reliance built in 1994. They spent more than $100,000 since to put in new engines and upgrade the electronics.

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