The mysterious obstruction plaguing boaters near Battery Park Marina may have been unmasked.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources had identified something in the water earlier this week through the use of "low-end sonar," said Jeremy Jett, dockmaster at Battery Park Marina.
Friday afternoon, ODNR used a tugboat to move a metal pipe, 12" in diameter and 12-15' in length, from the water near the marina.
"The pipe was about three, three-and-a-half feet under the surface and at an angle," Jett said.
At this point, neither Jett nor ODNR are 100 percent certain this is the obstruction responsible for serious damage to at least two boats in the past several weeks, but they're optimistic.
The pipe has been moved to the Sandusky Coal Dock until it can be removed with a larger piece of equipment.