A few days ago while walking along the beautiful Jeffersonville river walk, I spotted a partially sunken vessel that once served as the Star of Jeffersonville’s boarding barge. I snapped a photo but didn’t think much of it. Today, the N & T reports that the barge may have sunk because someone cut power to the boat.
Here a little from the N & T:
The cause for the barge taking on water is unknown, and an investigation is ongoing, according to officials from Marine Builders. Something that is known is that the electricity running to the mooring vessel was cut.
“We know the power was shut off,” said David A. Evanczyk, co-owner and vice president of Marine Builders. “Whether it is a contributing factor [to the barge taking on water], we don’t know.”
With the power cut to the boat, the pumps inside the vessel would have been inoperable, but again it has not been determined that it was the cause for the barge to take on water and list.