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After the Storm: Clean up continues at Island Cove

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HARRISON, TN. (WRCB) -- Twenty-seven boats have been pulled from Harrison Bay at the Island Cove Marina. Only one still sits at the bottom of the lake.

Tow Boat U.S. has worked around the clock to recover the boats and clear the docks.

"We want to help them out as much as possible," says Captain Shane O'Neal with Tow Boat U.S.

They are the only insurance company who has stayed on site, but that doesn't mean they're working alone.

Captain O'Neal says they're working hand-in-hand with at least six other insurance companies contracted out by individual boat owners.

"They're aware of everything we're doing," says O'Neal.

For every boat that sank, Tow Boat U.S. is charging $250 for each foot included in the boat's length. They say that's the average rate in the region.

"They were all here and we all made an agreement of what it was going to cost to get it up," O'Neal says.  

O'Neal says its the marina's responsibility to remove the debris, if the boat sank. Then boater's insurance will cover the cost of any liability issues, like fuel clean up and boat retrieval.

"I went around on a boat, trying to see it but you can't see it," says Spencer Eason.

His 43-foot-boat is stuck under a dock's collapsed roof. It's insured for half a million dollars, but he says he has to pay a 10 percent deductible, totaling about $5,000.

"At my age I accept facts," Eason says.

And the fact is, boats are pricey. 

They usually average between $300,000 and $500,000.

But Eason says given the circumstances, his experience hasn't been a bad one.

"Well they're working hard, that's all they can do," Eason says. "It's a big job."

O'Neal says they're nearly half way done clearing the debris from the boats but they'll likely take another four or five weeks to finish.

He recommends any boat owners with questions, no matter who your insurance provider is, contact Tow Boat U.S. at (800) 391-4869 or visit him at the marina.

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