Coast Guard crews were on the scene Wednesday, removing debris from a massive, underwater water tower that was washed away during Hurricane Irenee.
The massive tower, which stood over 300 feet tall and weighed more than 3,000 tons, washed up on the North Coast about 50 miles east of New York City.
Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard said it was damaged by the hurricane.
The Coast Guard reported that the tower was about a mile off the shore of Cape Cod.
Coast Guard Lt.
Col. Jim DeCarlo said the tower had been a “major concern” to the Coast Guard.
He said the Coast Guards rescue team had been working to rescue people in the area and that they were getting close to the tower when it came down.
“We have the capability to recover the tower in the event that we have to,” he said.
DeCarlo, who is also the head of the Coast’s Rescue Team, said rescuers were still working to get people out of the tower and back to shore.
“We’re in the process of assessing the damage, and if that needs to be repaired, we will do that,” he told reporters.
“Hopefully, we can get everyone out of there and get back to the area as soon as possible.”
The tower is the latest structure to sink in the wake of Hurricane Irena.
A massive tower that stood over a 100 feet tall in the ocean washed away in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The tower was estimated to weigh more than three tons.