The Coast Guard worked Monday to right a 40-foot fishing boat that had capsized Sunday in Warren, R.I., and sank at its mooring.
Crews attached lines to the boat, but then had to wait for low tide before they could get the boat completely upright.
“I looked over and it was a flash,” assistant harbormaster Dean Eliason told WPRI Channel 12, describing how he saw the newly-painted white mast tip over out of the corner of his eye. “There it was and I saw it and then it was down almost instantly.”
Fire officials said that the 40 foot-long boat, the Demi Lynn, suddenly rolled over while still tied to the dock.
Immediately upon responding to the scene, crews tried to contain the fuel spill and other floating debris. While some diesel did leak out of the boat, Warren’s Fire Chief Alexander Galinelli said it would disperse with the tide and did not pose much of a hazard.
The Department of Environmental Management was on scene Sunday to assist.
No one is sure what caused the boat to roll.