Houseboat Creates Big, Expensive Mess on the St. Croix

Updated: 08/31/2013 10:57 AM By: Maricella Miranda

House boat sinks in Hudson.
House boat sinks in Hudson.
Photo: Photo courtesy of Cory Oberdas.

A privately owned house boat sank Friday in Hudson, Wis.

Authorities were on the scene around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Cory Oberdas, an onlooker, said he was driving by the St. Croix River when he saw workers putting barriers around the docked boat to prevent gas from leaking. The boat, which is about 60 feet long, appears all metal with a steel hull.

Initial reports indicated that the boat was owned by Afton Hudson Cruise Lines. The boat is privately owned, according to the owners who were at the scene.

It had been docked on a slip along the St. Croix in Hudson, Wisconsin for about two weeks.  The boat's owner said it hadn't been used in that time.

An environmental specialty company spent most of Friday trying to contain and clean fuel that was slowly bubbling out of the boat.  They also plan to lift the boat out of water with a crane to see if they can try and find a cause. 

Crews will likely be out on the water cleaning until Tuesday.