The Coast Guard has responded to a sunken gravel barge.
It happened Sunday night in Swanson Point, at the northern tip of Sarah Island.
Maritime Search and Rescue Coordinator Dylan Carter confirmed the vessel only contained sand and gravel, and no pollutants.
The call came in just after 6:00 pm, when the vessel flipped over, about a 1/2 mile away from Swanson Bay, while it was attached to a U.S. registered tug boat.
Carter says the barge sank in 550 ft. of water, and four people were on the tug boat, but nobody was hurt.
The Coast Guard dispatched the rescue vessel Gordon Reid.
This sinking is on the heels of Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s trip to Bella Bella Sunday afternoon to view the spill site of the Nathan E. Stewart, a tug boat that capsized last month, spilling approximately 100,000 litres of fuel into the water.
In a Heiltsuk Breaking News Bulletin, member Jess Housty says “two incidents in four weeks is too many for these coastal waters. The Coast Guard and other marine rescue services are already stretched thin. A Coast Guard vessel currently responding to the Nathan E. Stewart spill had to be deployed to deal with this second incident, and at this time we don’t know if it will be able to return tomorrow. It is clear that Minister Garneau and Prime Minister Trudeau’s promised regulatory changes can’t come soon enough.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Vancouver on Monday, and is expected to make an announcement about a spill response system in British Columbia.
Carter says the Coast Guard Environment Response team and Transport Canada have since taken over the investigation of the sunken gravel barge.
— Jess Housty (@heiltsukvoice) November 7, 2016