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Well rough economic times of led to a surge in abandoned boats and now nearly every state is struggling to round up these empty vessels that are littering.
There waterways Fox's Jonathan -- is live in.
And what's the story behind some an event of votes.
Hi Alison -- it typical owner gets in over his or her head they can't make the payments on the boats or the under estimate the dock fees and routine maintenance and so they simply walk away from their -- the problem is these abandoned -- become a navigation hazard in many cases they -- fuel and other chemicals into the surrounding environment.
In South Carolina.
Take a look at this photo from a year ago showing abandoned vessels along Charleston Ashley river Curtis Joyner and -- -- -- -- that over here.
Well over my left shoulder is is one of our cleanup sites there was seven vessels lot of stuff in the marsh here against this island.
Consisting elemental -- -- -- -- and several sailboats.
The clean up occurred about a year ago and it's just I think is one of -- really good success stories and cannot restore an environment.
No legally the boat -- is responsible for covering the cost of cleanup but often the owners of these abandoned vessels will scratch off the serial numbers making it.
Very hard to track them down -- Right if they couldn't afford to pay for their boat obviously they can't or don't want to afford to pay for the clean up so.
So who's paying for this the taxpayers.
Yeah it winds up falling into the the taxpayers court that caught cleaning up an abandoned vessel can cost anywhere from 3000.
Two 20000 dollars depending on the size of the boat.
And the same economy that's affecting the boat owners is affecting the government.
-- -- to remove the -- so in many cases these government agencies are looking to the private sector for help in Charleston for example local car dealer.
Chipped in to help remove an abandoned shrimp boat.
That's throughout a good deal that's very nice of best private industry to give him the -- -- -- Thanks arena to our attention -- for the category.
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