An American tug-boat that ran aground in the waters of the Seaforth Channel near Bella Bella is finally on its way to being salvaged.
Jess Housty with the Heiltsuk Tribal Council says a break in harsh weather is exactly what crews were waiting for.
“We’ve been able to drop all the anchors we needed and crews have just started pulling the Nathan E. Stewart into deep water.”
Housty says if the weather cooperates, crews plan to de-rig and have the tug-boat lifted on a salvage barge by Thursday evening.
“We will shift our attention to shoreline cleanup. I think the chances are really low that we are going to recover any large quantities that’s been out in the water.”
The Nathan E. Stewart sank nearly a month ago, leaking nearly 100,000 litres of diesel into the water.
What are the chances of recovering the nearly 100 thousand litres of fuel spilled? Housty says fairly low.
“The diesel sheen on the water is not nearly so visible at this point, our boat crews tell us that there is a pervasive diesel smell when you disturb the water.”