NORWALK, Conn. – The cleanup of a houseboat that “sank” in the Norwalk River went well, Norwalk Police Officer Mike Silva said Wednesday.
“I gotta say, it went pretty seamless,” Silva told the Harbor Commission members and their meeting. “Regardless of what you might have heard or read, we were there, fire department was there, DEEP (Connectictut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) was there, Coast Guard was notified. The gentleman who owns the boat has insurance. Insurance paid for the cleanup. The vessel has been removed.”
The boat was found sitting on the bottom at the water’s edge Friday night at the Oyster Bend Marina at 23 Platt St., water washing over its deck. Neighbors reported a strong odor, resembling paint thinner.
Silva said he had just finished his report Wednesday evening.
The boat’s owner had lived on it for years, but had recently moved to land, he said. The boat sank because the owner was no longer on board to monitor the bilge (water), he said. The owner “was very cooperative,” he said.
There was no motor on the boat, just a generator with “very old gas” in it, he said.
He was asked if there was any spillage.
“No,” he said. “Everything is cleaned up.”
Connecticut Tank Removal handled the cleanup, he said.
“It could have been a lot worse,” he said.
Coastal Area Planning Consultant Geoff Steadman asked about the legality of living aboard a vessel, in particular reference to the health code.
Silva said police called the Coast Guard last year to inquire about a similar situation.
“We thought there were some safety issues on board,” he said. “The Coast Guard said, ‘Is the vessel tied fast in the marina?’ We said yes. They said “Is there any DEEP issue?’ We said no. They said, ‘It’s the responsibility of the marina. We can’t do anything.’”
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