MONTICELLO (AP) — Crews were working to decide how to raise a small barge that sunk in about 15 feet of water at a northern Indiana lake.

It wasn’t clear what caused the barge to sink, leaving just the boom of a crane and the top of two support poles visible above the water at Lake Freeman, said Bill Hinshaw, a conservation officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The barge was used to install seawalls, boat docks and boat lifts along the lake about 20 miles north of Lafayette.

“It was floating Sunday evening,” Hinshaw said Tuesday. “It was underwater Monday morning.”

It likely will take a few days to get all the equipment needed to remove the barge, he said. Officials also planned to use spill pads to help contain a small amount of oil or diesel fuel that rose to the lake’s surface, causing a slight sheen on the water.

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