Barge sinks Sunday night in same area as tug sinks less than 4 weeks ago

By The Canadian Press
November 7, 2016 - 6:34am

SARAH ISLAND B.C. —  The Heiltsuk Nation in British Columbia says a barge has flipped and sunk not far from the site where a tug that ran aground last month still awaits removal.
    A news release from the First Nation says the barge, which was carrying gravel and sand from Seattle, Wash., to Alaska, flipped Sunday evening in a channel along B.C.'s central coast.
    The 37-metre tugboat that was towing the barge was still afloat Sunday night, and the four crew members on the barge are safe.
    The sinking comes less than four weeks after the tugboat Nathan E. Stewart ran aground near Bella Bella, B.C., spilling diesel fuel into the water.
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make an announcement in Vancouver today about how tanker and fuel spills along the West Coast will be responded to in the future.

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