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Sinking House Near Fenwick Island Poses Threat to Boaters

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FENWICK ISLAND, Del.- A house is making its way into the bay near Fenwick Island and boaters are warning against the dangers of debris in the water.

Robert Mitchell, Worcester County's director of environmental programs, said that nearly 500 acres of land was given to the county in a deed.

Little did county officials know there would be a small house located on one of the many islands that was acquired. It was a house, that officials soon found out, that is sinking into the water.

"We have those structures all over the shore. some of them are old hunting cabins, boat houses or old hunter stands for water fowl. This is probably one of those," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said after storms and erosion of the island, it is not surprising the house is slipping into the water.

However, Mitchell said its a problem that needs to be dealt with sooner than later.

"Forbid it floats out as an intact structure into this channel way here because this is a very heavily traveled area in this Fenwick ditch from north to south." Mitchell said.

Kyle Phillips of Shark's Cove Marina Parasailing said debris like the house is something parasailers look out for every day and something that could be very dangerous to encounter.

"That's one of our biggest concerns," Phillips said. "We are always eyes on the water looking for debri. If we were to run over something large, or even small like crab pots, there's a risk of damage to the prop, damage to the drive. The biggest thing there is that we have people in the air, so there's the risk of people falling out of the air with the boat shutting down."

Dylan Carey, from Top Gun Watersports, agreed with Phillips and said, "We do feel kind of unsafe. With that we do, we want to make sure all the rentals are safe and that everybody comes back having a great time. Again, safety is our main priority here at Top Gun."

Mitchell said the county is going to demolish the structure by fire. He said it is a process that could be done by the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Department as a training exercise.

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