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Channel 3 tours Casey barge

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The inside of the barge, showing what appears to have been a bar or counter. WRCBtv.com photo The inside of the barge, showing what appears to have been a bar or counter. WRCBtv.com photo
The barge sits on the north shore on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. WRCBtv.com photo The barge sits on the north shore on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. WRCBtv.com photo
David Eck shows the barge to Channel 3 Friday. WRCBtv.com photo David Eck shows the barge to Channel 3 Friday. WRCBtv.com photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

The saga of the Allen Casey barge continues.

The man who said he's unofficially charged with its upkeep said its started sinking this week. He said the pump stopped working when the power got cut off and the barge began taking on water.

"They finally got the power turned back on at 4 o'clock yesterday," he said. "The reason it was turned off is because they forgot to pay their power bill."

Power was restored late Thursday afternoon. But David Eck said that's just the beginning of the barge's troubles.

Eck calls himself Captain Dave and says he's the unofficial custodian for the barge. He said he has permission from a neighboring property owner and Casey's attorneys to be onboard. Neither Casey nor his attorney responded for a comment by deadline.

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Eck said the barge has big problems and he's worried about it becoming loose from the land or sinking like it started to do in 2011.

"It's had 3-4 years of neglect so its in worse shape, it's taking on water faster and this time when it goes to the bottom, it ain't coming up easy, it's going to be a serious diver situation," Eck said.

Vandals have also taken control of the barge with graffiti, broken windows, and trash littering the deck.

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Casey brought the barge to the Northshore in 2009 with hopes of making it a floating restaurant. But he since declared bankruptcy and the barge remains floating in place.

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