Sunken luxury yacht will be raised out of Connecticut River

LYME  — A salvage crew is scheduled to raise a sunken luxury yacht out of the Connecticut River amid concerns about potential fuel leakage from the vessel.

U.S. Coast Guard and state officials say they have been checking the sunken 53-foot yacht on a daily basis since it went down in Lyme's Hamburg Cove in January.  The Coast Guard and CT DEEP tell FOX61 that there is no evidence that the 50-gallon fuel tank has leaked.

Hamburg Cove is considered a key spawning ground for fishes like yellow perch, carp and catfish.

The Coast Guard says they are working with the owners and a salvage contractor, and expect to see plan on how to deal with the wreck by Monday.

Local officials say the sunken yacht, named Mazu, is owned by Essex resident Gil Johnson and his wife Maureen. Johnson did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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