Brian Nearing reports in the Albany Times Union
that divers removed a sunken barge from the bottom of the Hudson River at the Port of Coeymans last week. Scuba divers used underwater cutting equipment to get the barge, which sunk there in February while tied up at the port, out of the river, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier. Full of construction and demolition debris, the barge was too heavy to be refloated. Soit was cut up underwater and lifted out in sections. It was owned by Carver Larraway LLC, which also owns the Port of Coeymans. George McHugh, the general counsel to the company said the vessel was leased to a third party, which he would not identify. He also wouldn't say exactly what was on the vessel. John Lipscomb, who operates the Hudson patrol boat for the environmental group Riverkeeper, said that it was important to find out what polluted the Hudson River with the sinking. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.