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Cause of sinking Sunapee dinner cruise ship found

Officials have determined what caused a dinner cruise ship at New Hampshire’s Sunapee Harbor to start sinking.

The Fenton family who owns the ship says an eraser sized hole was found in the coupling from a sea valve to the port engine, likely causing she MV Keasarge to take on water late last week.

Salvage workers were able to lift the boat a bit over the weekend and water was being pumped out. The family said the boat was floating again yesterday without any external aids.

The ship may require further repairs.

Tim Fenton says he expects the vessel will be operating again for the 2013 season.

The ship, which has been in service since 1980, takes visitors around Lake Sunapee from May through October.

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