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For the second time in a week, a sunken boat was pulled out of the Kinchafoonee Creek in Lee County.

Emergency Response volunteers pulled the boat out near the Pinewood Bridge north of Leesburg Thursday afternoon, and now they wonder if the boats were intentionally sunk.

For a second time in a week the Community Emergency Response Team was back in the Kinchafoonee Creek, shoveling sand out of another sunken wreckage so it can be pulled from the creek.

"We're taking advantage of the drought and turning it to our advantage," said Jim Wright, Lee County Code Enforcement Director.

Neighbor and CERT volunteer Rick Wheeler called code enforcement after seeing the Chaparral boat, last registered in February of 1998 pulled from the creek last week.

"When they checked it though the crime information center nothing came back from South Carolina," said Wright.

They doubt they'll get anything from today's wreckage either.

"I'm never going to hear from anybody about that boat, never, I'm just glad to be getting it out of the creek," said Wright.

Jim Wright worries since neither boat had a motor, people either dumped them there or thought they might be helping the creek by providing a reef for fish. He says that's unnecessary in the Kinchafoonee.

"Trash doesn't do any good for the creek," said Wright.

There are serious fines if he catches who's responsible.

"There are some fines up to a thousand dollars for dumping, anything that affects the waters of the state the fine can be up to 2,500 per day, per violation," said Wright..

Out of the water, the wreckage can be taken where it belongs, to the Lee County landfill.

After crews removed the boat, a bystander pointed out a camper trailer also submerged.

In July, code enforcement officers are holding a creek clean-up event..called River's Alive.

You need to register to participate in River's Alive by June 6th, 2011 You can register by calling Code Enforcement at (229)759-6000.