A 37-foot boat, with no one aboard, partially sank at Brookings Harbor early Friday.

“We got a report that at about 9 a.m. on Friday, a boat was sinking,” said Brookings Port Master Gary Dehlinger.

He said no one was on the craft as it took on water. The harbor’s incident-response team was mobilized and responded to the scene.

“We began working on getting it out of the water by pumping the water out of the boat and attempting to raise it with straps,” Dehlinger said. “The boat damaged the dock during the sinking.”

Dehlinger said he did not have at hand an estimated cost of the damages to the boat or the dock, or details about what caused her to sink.

Jimmy Quella owns a boat directly across from the sinking and said he saw the craft partially underwater after being alerted to the incident by his neighbor. The neighbor had first called authorities.

“There hasn’t been any activity on that boat for a good, long time,” said Quella.

“Somebody was on it last week and fired it up, and that’s the only activity I’ve seen in 10 years.”

Dehlinger said the boat owner had been notified and was heading to the harbor.


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