COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - County workers are ripping apart derelict boats because the state won't pay to do it.
Abandoned boats can be an environmental hazard. They can leak oil and battery acid plus, lead paint can also seep into the water. They can also be a navigation nightmare for boaters.
"Running into a submerged structure like that could definitely be an issue," says Mitch Naurath, Boat Captain of "Sweet Liberty."
This year, the state didn't have grant money to remove the boats. Last year, Florida Fish and Wildlife Officials gave $80 thousand.
"The money's dried-up and there is none," says Sgt. Dave Bruening, with the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
So, county workers and the Sheriff's Office teamed-up to clean-up.
"Hopefully we're successful," says Sgt. Bruening. "Only time will tell."
It can take divers an entire day to resurrect a submerged boat. Once on dry land, county workers will use a grabber truck to smash the boat and transfer it to a landfill.
The Sheriff's Office says they'll try to find the vessels owners and make them pay for their boats' final voyage. The entire process can cost more than $5 thousand.