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The boat may seem like it's been sitting in the same position for a while now and that's because it has been.

"Contractors are being slow and methodical on the whole entire evolution because we want to make sure we do it right the first time," said Jason Jessup of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Crews have to be careful not to make the structural damage even worse.

"There's some debris in the engine room that they're removing," said Jessup. "They have a rig to potentially put the patch on the hole."
    
The U.S. Coast Guard continues to pump an oily-water mix out of the engine room but the boat can't be raised until most of the holes are patched and most of the water is pumped out.

"If we can't get the patch rigged today and start de-watering we also have a barge coming up with two A frames so it'll definitely assist if we can't get to that point today where we can actually raise it," said Jessup.
    
Once it's raised, the bottom of the boat will be inspected for remaining damage but one lingering concern for crews out on the water is the weather.
     
So, they're hoping to work fast.

"Of course we'd like to get it up prior to the ice coming in but these tugs can go through quite a bit of ice," said Jessup.

With days of frigid temperatures in the forecast, there's a good chance that ice will be a factor as the Stephen L. Colby makes it's way down river.