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FORMER KOOTENAY LAKE FERRY "MV ANSCOMB" SINKS

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January 11, 2004

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Decommissioned Kootenay Lake ferry sinks near Ainsworth

01/12/2004

TMTV NEWS Nelson BC


A vessel which plied one of the longest free inland ferry routes in the
world for 53 years has sunk to the bottom of Kootenay Lake.

The decommissioned 25-vehicle MV Anscomb, moored for renovations at
Woodbury marina about 260 miles east of Vancouver, sank suddenly on
Sunday. Authorities said there were no trouble signs or any report of
fire or explosions. It now lays in 181 feet of water.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police were investigating.

Clayton Jones, who purchased the 700-metric-ton vessel from the
provincial Ministry of Transportation in May, was unavailable for
comment but reportedly was on the 200-foot vessel when it began to take
on water.

Jones had been trying to purchase the ship for three years and was
planning to renovate it into a floating restaurant and possibly a
casino.


SOME PEOPLE FEEL THE M-V ANSCOMB FERRY STILL HAS POTENTIAL TO MAKE WAVES,

DESPITE SINKING TO THE BOTTOM OF KOOTENAY LAKE.


   TERRY JONES, THE OWNER OF THE WOODBURY RESORT IN AINSWORTH BC

(CBC RADIO INTERVIEW WITH TERRY JONES)

WHERE THE VESSEL WAS DOCKED,

SAYS, MAYBE THE FERRY CAN BE USED AS A DIVING STATION.


   THE FERRY, WHICH SERVED THE AREA FOR FIVE-DECADES, WAS PUT OUT OF COMMISSION FOUR YEARS AGO

AND REPLACED BY THE OSPREY 2000.

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Posted January 12, 2004

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