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Big Bear Lake's pirate ship afloat again

Big Bear Lake's iconic pirate ship is afloat again after recent storms sent the vessel to the bottom of the lake.
March 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
People from all over came to watch Big Bear Lake's iconic pirate ship as it cheated Davy Jones Locker and was lifted from the lake bottom back to the surface on Thursday.

It was one heck of a squall that took this ship down. Two weeks ago, the combination of wind, sleet and snow tipped the ship over, and the lake water came rushing in.

But owner Loren Hafen says his replica 16th century Spanish galleon, known as the "Time Bandit," will weigh anchor again.

"The boat looks very good. I think it's going to be fine. We're going to fix her up and paint her up and refurbish it and have it very pretty for the summer season," said Hafen.

The process started at 8 a.m. Thursday with divers in the water. They weren't looking for sunken treasure. They were attaching half a dozen airlift bags to help right the ship. They then needed to pump out all the water.

The ship actually has a lot of history. It was first used in the 1981 movie, "Time Bandits," hence the ship's name. It then spent some time at San Pedro, and later Balboa Island. The hope is that she can set sail again by mid-May to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Big Bear Lake Marina.

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