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Recovery crews find it's not easy to lift a yacht

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Recovery crews with a crane spent all day Labor Day trying to lift a three-story, 60-foot houseboat docked in the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wis., that sunk last week, but only budged the vessel a few inches, KARE 11 reports.

Crowds gathered to watch, including some frustrated sailboaters who were told it wasn't safe for them to venture into the marina to get their boats while the work was going on, KARE 11 reported.

The crane was on loan from the construction of the new Stillwater bridge, KARE reports. Estimates for recovery costs of the yacht have ballooned from initial estimates of $30,000 to $100,000 or more, the station reports.

The boat is privately owned, according to a co-owner of Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines, which owns and operates the docks on the St. Croix, the Pioneer Press reported. A private company was hired to help clean up any fuel leaks, WCCO reported.

The cause of the sinking has not yet been officially determined.

The boat was discovered sinking into the St. Croix River at about 4 a.m. Friday.

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