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April 14, 2016 Connecticut Green Guide

Old Saybrook company wraps Sandy boat removal

Contributed photo The 34-foot vessel, washed away more than three years ago and abandoned, was delicately removed from a wetlands area last month by Sea Tow Central.

Old Saybrook-based Sea Tow Central Connecticut said it has removed a remaining boat stranded by Superstorm Sandy more than three years ago.

The 2012 storm washed seven boats away from a Guilford boatyard. Sea Tow said it recovered six of the boats within several months.

But a 34-foot pleasure boat with no insurance coverage remained stranded about a mile away in a sensitive wetlands area, Sea Tow said. A federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration helped pay to remove debris around the boat.

Sea Tow said it took three days last month to set up its equipment, pull the stranded boat over land to the water and float it back to Brown’s Boatyard in Guilford. The boat was then put on a trailer and sent to a recycling center in North Branford.

The company put footage of part of the recovery, captured by a drone, on YouTube.

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