Dredge Boat Nearly Sinks In Gulf Shores

Dredge Boat Nearly Sinks In Gulf Shores

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

For the past two days, crews have tried to stabilize and secure a damaged dredge boat in Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores.

The same weather system that caused problems for the Carnival Triumph in Mobile crippled and nearly capsized the 30 foot vessel.

Crews were able to secure the boat to a seawall and brought in a pump to remove water.

The sinking boat was salvaged late this afternoon, but not before 10 to 50 gallons of fuel spilled into the pass.

The boat crew put out protective boom to trap and contain the fuel and notified the Coast Guard.

The dredge boat is operated by the Alabama Dept. of Transportation and is used to keep the pass open between the Gulf of Mexico and Little Lagoon.

ALDOT dredges the pass so it won't fill up with sand. If the pass is cut off and choked with sand for an extended period of time, Little Lagoon's fragile habitat and ecosystem could be impacted.

ALDOT believes the dredge boat will be repaired and operational by Friday.

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