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Sunken riverboat again planned as training site for city authorities

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The city is hoping that with a little help from Mother Nature, they will finally be able to use the Capitol Oyster Bar Riverboat resting on the bottom of the Alabama River as the location for a public safety training exercise.

The Montgomery City/County Emergency Management Agencies hoped to use the boat, which has been resting on the bottom of the river since April 2012, as the setting for a public training safety exercise back in January. 

After the exercise which was scheduled to include water-based fire suppression and underwater search-and-rescue operations, the boat was to be removed from the river and salvaged.

A large amount of rain back in January weakened the foundation on which the boat was resting, therefore it was decided to postpone the exercise. That exercise has now been rescheduled for the morning of Tuesday, May 28.

In the days following the exercise, Seamon's Wrecker Service will raise the boat from the river and make an attempt to salvage the structure. 

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