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    A crew from River Diving & Salvage Inc. works to float the Captain Larry Don on March 20, 2014.

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:38 am

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — After being partly submerged for more than a month, the Captain Larry Don could be coming up today.

A crew from River Diving & Salvage Inc., based in Bloomsdale, Mo., is working to float the historic boat that sank on Feb. 17, 2014. It has been resting on the Lake floor ever since.

It appeared the crew was using salvage hatches to try and raise the boat. No one from the company was available for comment.

Tim McNitt, of Atlantis Dive and Salvage, recently predicted it would take salvage hatches—which pump air in and water out—to lift the Larry Don, saying an attempt to raise the vessel with airbags had been unsuccessful. McNitt had also suggested the job might require the use of a crane, but no crane could be seen at the job site as River Diving & Salvage crew members worked on Thursday morning, March 20, 2014.

Looking across the old Casino Pier at the half-submerged boat, a bartender for Beavers at the Dam remembered his experience of a party on the Larry Don in the last few years the boat was still cruising, and he lamented the vessel’s current state. If nothing else, he mused, today’s activity might bring a few more patrons to see if this is the day the Larry Don will float again.

The third (top) deck of the Captain Larry Don can be seen just above the waterline. photo by Nathan Bechtold

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