Agencies remove boat dangling from NC dam’s edge

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POLK COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – Several North Carolina agencies worked together Tuesday morning to remove a boat that was dangling off a dam at Lake Adger.

The pontoon, which had been held in it’s place by a tree branch, was dislodged from a dock on Sunday during a burst of severe weather. 

“We received a couple of calls from the public, just concerned,” explained Aaron Stronach, a wildlife officer with The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. “If you drove down highway 9 you could actually visibly see the boat hanging off the dam.”

According to Stronach, the drop to the bottom of the dam was over 100 feet high and would have likely left the boat in pieces had it fallen. 

“This is one of the things you really don’t train for,” said Bobby Arledge, Polk County Emergency Manager. 

Avoiding Monday’s high winds, agencies went out Tuesday morning into their own boat and tied two ropes to the pontoon. They say they anchored an electric winch to a tree in order to pull it back in to shore. 

“It could have been bad, that’s why we had to ease up to it. Make sure we weren’t creating any type of wake,” said Stronach.

“It was just a little nerve wracking at times,” added Arledge.

Arledge told 7News that they found the rope the pontoon had been tied with at the dock had snapped, and warned others to check their ropes as storms continue throughout the Spring.

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