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Residents Spot Sinking Boat On Old Hickory Lake

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MT. JULIET, Tenn.- The wild weather has caused a bizarre sight at a Mt. Juliet marina. Crews spent the evening trying to save a large and expensive boat from sinking.

A local resident noticed the boat on Old Hickory Lake at the Cedar Creek Marina taking on water late Wednesday night and called police. Officials said it appeared that the weather had cause the boat to break loose from its mooring and somehow the tore a hole in the bottom of the boat.

The boat was thought to have been taking on water slowly for several days. Officials estimated at least 1,000 gallons of water had seeped into the 110 foot house boat. Crews from Mt. Juliet Independence Towing were called out to place air bags under the boat to level out the structure. Once the boat becomes level, crews will work to pump out the water.

Local residents said the owners of the boat came by the marina when they heard of the incident, but did not stay. Their names were not released. No injuries were reported.

Officials from the TWRA plan to visit the boat and marina on Thursday to inspect the area, but there were no concerns about any leakage or fuel or sewage into the lake. A spokesperson from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said they were also unconcerned about possible environmental issues.

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