Submerged boats from Hurricane Florence were raised, cleaned, then sunk again

Boats in North Carolina that sank after being pummeled by Hurricane Florence were raised by salvage companies—and then sunk again.

A committee of the North Carolina state legislature last week heard how “tens upon tens upon tens” of boats abandoned after Florence were raised from coastal waters, stripped of any hazardous materials and then sunk again. reported that state legislators were astonished to hear about this procedure after reading a report. "Crazy," said Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret.

"There's got to be a better way," New Bern spokeswoman Colleen Roberts told the news station. "After the storm, and even now, you can ride over the bridges in New Bern and see the tall masts of sailboats and other boating equipment in the rivers."

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