Coast Guard crews averted an environmental catastrophe this evening after a barge carrying diesel and gasoline ran aground near Campbell River.
About 60,000 litres of fuel were aboard when the tug and barge hit a rock in Surge Narrows and began taking on water.
The passage is known for its intense tides, with currents up to 16 knots.
The Canadian Guard’s Dan Bates says crews were quick to action.
“The Coast Guard lifeboat from Campbell River was immediately tasked, and once on scene assisted with de-watering and re-floating the barge. Those operations have been successful, the barge has been refloated off the rocks at this time.”
Bates says crews are waiting for calmer tide until it can be escorted to Menzies Bay.
He adds crews on site have reported no signs of pollution.