Barge sinking explained

  • Oct. 19, 2012 8:00 p.m.

By Jane Wilson–An “unfortunate accident” sank a barge in Alliford Bay last week, according to its owner.Don McNeice, owner of Bridgeview Marine in Sandspit said a line broke in the wind storm on the evening of October 20, causing two barges to swing around. One got hooked up on the receding tide and as the tide came back in the barge was submerged.The barge was a support boat for Whale Channel, leased by West Coast Resorts and used for staff accommodation during fishing season.”I was down there Saturday night and everything seemed fine, and then by Sunday morning it wasn’t,” said Mr. McNeice, who said he will probably never know exactly what happened to the line.There will not be any environmental concerns from the accident said Mr. McNeice. “We were there right away with the Coast Guard, and removed any environmental hazards.” The barge did not have generators or motors so it was not that difficult to remove any potential environmental hazards, said Mr. McNeice. “There was not even a sheen on the water, they (the Coast Guard) were quite impressed.”Recovery of the barge will begin next week, Mr. McNeice expects that the barge will be salvageable, but that the building will not.

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