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.
The 18 meter long tugboat Harken 10 sank in the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The crew on board the Harken 10 was able to abandon ship into a small boat that was being towed behind the tug. No reports of injuries. The cause of the sinking had not been reported.