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Strong winds damaged 15 boats at Riverwalk Marina in Decatur

The back section of dock A crumbled, leaving some boats to sink in the Tennessee River.

Posted: Apr. 4, 2018 8:27 PM
Updated: Apr. 4, 2018 9:03 PM

Last night's strong winds damaged at least 15 boats at the Riverwalk Marina in Decatur. The back section of dock A crumbled, leaving some boats to sink in the Tennessee River.

Many boat owners said they were expecting the bad weather Tuesday night, but the last thing they imagined were their boats getting damaged.

"We're just wasting a good summer because it's going to take a long time to prepare this dock and take a long time to repair my boat," said Carlton Moore.

On Monday, Carlton Moore and his wife took their boat 'Seamoore' out for a ride, not knowing it'll be their last time for a while.

"We enjoyed it and was ready to start boating. Now, it's down the tubes right now," Moore said.

Moore purchased Seamoore back in 2009 and it's taken them around the world.

"We've been to the keys. We've been on a 6,000 mile trip on the Eastern half of the United States that actually got us up to Canada.

Seamoore is still floating, but other boat owners like Chuck Tuck says his Grand Banks Yacht is starting to sink. His boat was built in 1969 in Hong Kong.

"I hate to see it go, but I don't think it's going to be salvageable. It's got holes in both sides and the back. The front is knocked off and the top is messed up. I mean, it is what it is," Chuck Tuck said.

Tuck stayed with his boat all night gathering important items, until authorities told everyone to evacuate until further notice for safety reasons.

"I was actually going to take this one to the gulf. And use it for like a condo. But that ain't gonna happen now," Tuck said.

The Hard Dock Cafe located at the Marina sustained minor damage to the roof and some broken chairs, but not enough to prevent the business from operating as normal.

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