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December 6, 2012

Rising from the harbor

Sunken excavator gets pulled up, dredging to resume

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Water cascading out of its yellow body, the excavator sat on the barge deck. Aside from some interesting dents on its sides, the excavator — which appeared to be a Hertz equipment rental — didn’t look too badly damaged. Haggerty thought after draining the fluids, it might be able to be overhauled for continued use.

According to Coast Guardsman at the bridge, the excavator had only 30 gallons of diesel fuel in it, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of oily discharge visible in the water. Such a small amount in a harbor with such a strong tide probably wouldn’t cause a hazard to marine life.

However, a representative from New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services was monitoring the situation yesterday. Any decision on possible penalties would be determined in the future, she said.

Lt. Commander T. Balunis was on the Coast Guard cruiser in the harbor yesterday during the recovery effort. He was not available for comment on the status of the investigation into the incident, or if fines and penalties would be forthcoming..

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