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Mini-Excavator Falls into Norwalk Harbor

Norwalk police responded at 6:59 p.m. Tuesday to the area near 107 Water St. after receiving a call from the U.S. Coast Guard that an anonymous caller had reported that a forklift-type machine had fallen into the water.

The responding Norwalk police officer noticed that a Quick Pick crane was being operated on the property at 120 Water St. and contacted Bob Bloom at the Bob Bloom & Sons yard. Bloom reported that at 4 p.m. a mini-excavator owned by Norwalk contractor A.J. Conte had fallen through wooden planking as it was being transferred from the yard's bulkhead onto a work barge.

Bloom said the mini-excavator had been removed from the water within 90 minutes and a containment boom had been placed around the sunken excavator. The excavator was not occupied at the time that it sank, and no injuries were reported. The officer visually inspected the water but did not see any spilled fuel, oil or other pollution.

The state Department of Environmental Protection was notified and responded to the scene. Norwalk police said the incident was apparently not reported to authorities when it occurred. The Norwalk Police Marine Division will follow-up with the Coast Guard and the DEP. The Norwalk Fire Department also responded.

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