Flight over tugboat sinkings shows no new contamination

(Photo/Capt. (Ret.) Gerald Joanisse, Air Cadet League of Canada)

CORNWALL – A flight over a couple tugboats that capsized off Cornwall’s shoreline has shown no new additional contamination.

The Lac Manitoba and LCM 131 were both carrying hundreds of liters in fuel when they capsized Monday trying to position a barge for decommissioning the north channel bridge.

“As of (Thursday), (the) scene remains stable and pollution countermeasures continue to be effective. No odours and no new active sheening (fuel on the water) are detectable. Previous sheen has been reduced significantly,” the Canadian Coast Guard said in a statement.

The agency says monitoring will continue for several days while a salvage plan is developed.

Divers are expected to be in the water today (Friday) to examine the ships in preparation for pulling them from the water.

The plan still needs to be approved by Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard.

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