State park patrol boat sinks mysteriously

The boat was found around 11 a.m. Sunday, mostly underwater at the end of a dock, where an oil slick was visible on the water.

Buck Creek State Park rangers initially said they could not determine what kind of boat it was. However, it soon became apparent the watercraft was theirs.

The 21-foot Almar boat belongs to Buck Creek State Park, said Eileen Corson, spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Natural Resources.

The boat was used Saturday, and was last observed in good condition at 11 that night, Corson said.

No one was aboard when the boat sank.

Moorefield Twp. firefighters were called around 12:30 p.m. Sunday to help clean and contain the oil spill from the boat.

Park rangers raised the boat using airbags and pumps to pull it out of the water.

“We need to take a good look at it and see what caused it to sink,” Corson said.