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February 25, 2013

Seabrook stalling dredge sign-off

Officials won't release bond until all repairs complete


About halfway to their destination, as the barge listed badly, the excavator snapped its cable and slid into the water. Resting in the boating channel under the Hampton Harbor Bridge, the sunken excavator was considered a hazard to navigation by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The mishap held up up the dredge until Dec. 5 when Southwind brought in East Boston-based BTT Marine Construction Company and Portsmouth’s Black Dog Divers to retrieve the equipment. No one was injured and the spectacle drew scores of people who watched the rescue, but the Coast Guard and other government agencies are still investigating the incident and fines and penalties could result.

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