Pierce Co. WA sheriff's patrol boat sinks at dock

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Pierce County, Wash., sheriff's spokesman says a patrol boat has sunk while docked at a Tacoma marina.

The News Tribune says a family that dropped by the marina to get gas noticed The Reliance taking on water Monday afternoon and called for help.

Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the boat was out working Sunday and no problems were reported. The cause of the sinking was not immediately known.

The newspaper says sheriff's divers planned to deploy flotation devices beneath the boat to bring it to the surface while Tacoma firefighters help pump out the water.

The Reliance was built in 1994 and cost $500,000. It is the sheriff's department's only patrol boat for Puget Sound. The department's other boats are used on lakes.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com