Inspection continues for refloated Skagway dock

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The state transportation department continues to investigate the cause of the sinking of the floating dock used by the state ferry system last week in Skagway.

The dock was refloated on Tuesday. Department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the dock was partially exposed at low tide, allowing the contractor to pump water out the concrete chambers that make up the dock. When the tide came back in, the dock refloated itself.

The cause still isn't known. But Woodrow says one unconfirmed theory is that a potable water pipe running through nine of 24 concrete chambers of the dock had a leak. He says Skagway confirms its missing 800,000 gallons of water from the city system from when the dock sank late last week.

The investigation continues.