Sunken Sternwheeler Removed From WV River

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Charleston, W.Va. (Ap) -- Cranes have raised a 70-foot sternwheeler that sank in the Kanawha River.

Owner Chester Wingo says it took several divers and two cranes to right and lift the "Karen Leigh" out of the water Monday.

The sternwheeler named after his wife started taking on water Saturday night while moored at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston. Wingo and several friends on the sternwheeler weren't injured.

Wingo says the sternwheeler began sinking after the group arrived at the levee for a cookout with the Kanawha Power Squadron, a boating safety group.

The cause of the sinking hasn't been determined but Wingo says he suspects there was a problem with the hull.

Wingo says he hopes to salvage the boat.

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