Newburyport News: A 35,000-pound excavator sits in 16 feet water under the Hampton Harbor Bridge, awaiting rescue after a mishap during the Army Corps of Engineers’ dredge of the harbor.

Yesterday, officials from the Army Corps of Engineers said the problem began about 10 p.m. on Thursday night, when representatives from its dredge contractor, Southwind of Indiana, noticed its unmanned barge in the outer harbor was taking on water. The 10-foot-tall, 28-foot-long John Deere 160 LC excavator was on the barge, because it’s used to couple dredge piping together, Army Corps officials said.

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