Newspaper article The Canadian Press

First Nation Says Sunken Tug Lifted from Ocean after 33 Days in B.C. Waters

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

First Nation Says Sunken Tug Lifted from Ocean after 33 Days in B.C. Waters

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Sunken tug lifted from waters off B.C. coast

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BELLA BELLA, B.C. - A sunken tug has been lifted from the waters off British Columbia's central coast more than a month after it ran aground and sank, releasing thousands of litres of fuel into the ocean.

The latest incident report says the Nathan E. Stewart was lifted from the Seaforth Channel near Bella Bell late Monday afternoon, and placed on a salvage barge.

The tug will be drained on the barge before being shipped to Vancouver.

According to the latest report, the vessel was loaded with 237,262 litres of diesel fuel when it hit the reef, spilling 107,552 litres of fuel and 2,240 litres of lubricants.

Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett says in a release that the First Nation is relieved that the boat is off of the ocean floor and is being removed from the region.

But she says the community still has a lot of clean-up work to do.

"We're feeling very uncertain about our future as we face the hard work of assessing the short and long-term environmental, cultural and economic impacts on our community," Slett says. …

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