Boat tips over at dock in Warren

(Corey Welch/WPRI)

WARREN, R.I. (WPRI) – A fishing boat tipped over and sank at its mooring in Warren Sunday morning.

Fire officials said that the 40 foot-long boat, the Demi Lynn, suddenly rolled over at about 9:15 while still tied to the dock.

“I looked over and it was a flash,” Assistant Harbormaster Dean Eliason said, describing how he saw the newly-painted white mast tip over out of the corner of his eye. “There it was, and I saw it and then it was down almost instantly.”

Crews responded to try and contain the fuel spill and other floating debris, but some diesel had already leaked out of the boat. Warren’s Fire Chief Alexander Galinelli said corralling the debris prevented it from floating further out into the water and creating a hazard to navigation. The fuel that did spill should disperse with the tide and not pose much of a hazard, Galinelli said.

The Department of Environmental Management and the Coast Guard also assisted.

No one is sure what caused the boat to roll over, but Eliason said it is usually docked there off Water Street and is well-known around town.

Fire officials said that on Monday divers will attempt to get straps around the hull to try to right the boat.

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