On August 14, the 18 meter long tugboat George H. Ledcor sank on the Fraser River between Vancouver and Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The tug was towing a gravel barge when it suddenly capsized and sank. The four crew on board were thrown into the water and later rescued by a nearby tug. No reports of injuries.
A sheen was spotted over the sunken tug as diesel fuel is released. Authorities place booms around the wreck site and divers are dispatched to plug fuel vents on the tugboat. Reports state the George H. Ledcor had nearly 22,000 litres of fuel on board at the time of the sinking.
A crane barge was dispatched to raise the George H. Ledcor from the bottom. The Canadian Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 18 meter long passenger vessel Magic Charm caught fire while moored in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, British Columbia. Local fire fighters were called as dense plumes of smoke poured from the vessel’s superstructure. The fire fighters were eventually able to bring the blaze under control. No reports of injuries. The Magic Charm sustained significant damage. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the cause of the fire was no yet determined.
On August 31, the 14 meter long fishing vessel Carmanah Light ran aground on Rose Spit, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. The crab boat had run aground just offshore and sustain water ingress. The four crew on board abandoned ship in their survival suits and were able to make it ashore safely. No reports of injuries.
Authorities were alerted and are monitoring the situation. Reports state the owner of the Carmanah Light is coordinating a salvage plan.