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  • "The two that I know, we have a large generator and we have a piece of a tow connection. It's actually an expandable piece that would do the gig. That's the key piece we're missing right now," Capt. Mehler said.

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  • Coast Guard Capt. Paul Mehler, the federal on-scene coordinator, said no divers have been in the water, but soundings from small Coast Guard boats and discussions with local fishermen indicate the vessel rests on a rocky bottom.

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