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Houseboat, stranded for three days in the Delta, finally getting towed to shore

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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:17 pm | Updated: 8:26 am, Sat Apr 23, 2011.

A three-story houseboat stuck for three days at the mouth of the San Joaquin and Mokelumne rivers was finally towed to shore Tuesday evening.

The houseboat, headed from Sacramento to Herman and Helen’s Marina at the western edge of Eight Mile Road, became stuck on Sunday morning, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Laura Williams. It was due to arrive at the marina in Stockton on Tuesday night, according to marina manager Chuck Spurlock.

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  • Kandace Korth posted at 5:21 pm on Thu, Apr 21, 2011.

    Kandace Korth Posts: 2

    Hi Ross: It is now Thursday, April 21 and the structure (it has no power and is not a houseboat) is LOWER in the water than it has been and it is not being towed anywhere. The Coast Guard is not accurate. I am one of the owners of Korth's Pirates Lair Marina where we have a birdseye seat for this debacle.

    It has been there since Tuesday because we monitor the river daily and it showed up Tuesday morning. My harbormaster heard the tug at 5am on the San Joaquin. He did not know what the trouble was until he heard from our local fishermen who spotted it while out fishing.
    We are the ones who reported it (Tuesday morning) to the Coast Guard and KCRA.

  • Ross Farrow posted at 2:48 pm on Wed, Apr 20, 2011.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    I found out this afternoon that the towing was delayed until today. As for whether or not it's a houseboat, that's what the Coast Guard and the manager of Herman and Helen's Marina calls it. After checking again today with the Coast Guard about how long the boat has been stranded, she said, once again, that it was stranded for the first time on Sunday.

    Kandace Korth: What is the basis for your information that it was stranded only since Tuesday 5 a.m.? The Coast Guard says otherwise.

  • Kandace Korth posted at 10:18 am on Wed, Apr 20, 2011.

    Kandace Korth Posts: 2

    As of Wednesday morning, April 20, the structure (it is NOT a houseboat, people) is still listing on the San Joaquin River at the mouth of the Mokelumne. It was not towed to shore. It has only been there since 5am Tuesday morning, not since Sunday.

  • Colette Allen posted at 8:23 am on Wed, Apr 20, 2011.

    Colette Allen Posts: 2

    Agreed, Bob! I learned more about this story on the Today show this morning than from this newspaper yesterday. And what happened to those 5 W's you learn about in Journalism 101?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 4:46 pm on Tue, Apr 19, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I hope the owners have flood insurance! LOL

  • Bob Smith posted at 2:53 pm on Tue, Apr 19, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    As usual the LNS does a great job of proofreading their content. Read the caption of the photo. Dateline San Joanquin River? Repeated again in the text of the caption. Also, "commercial" is spelled "commerical".

    Come on LNS, subscribers pay a monthly subscription fee to receive a professionally-published product. This is a daily occurrence. Are these reporters still in grade school?



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