09/13/15 - 10:50pm
The 96-foot tugboat Challenger was born in August 1944 in Wilmington, California. It died about 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. It was 71 years old.
“I walked into my home from being out,” said Christine Kleinheinz, who lives in the home nearest the spot where the Challenger sank Saturday in Gastineau Channel.
“I walked into the kitchen, looked out my window and saw the boat on its side with the water up to basically the side of the boat already,” she said. “I called the Coast Guard right away, and then I started videotaping, and in 4 minutes, the whole boat was submerged.”