No pollution coming from tugboats: Coast Guard

Unidentified officials assess the damage to the tugboat Lac Manitoba on June 26, 2015. The Lac Manitoba and LCM 131 sank June 22, 2015 while trying to position a barge for bridge demolition work. (Cornwall Newswatch/File)

CORNWALL – The Canadian Coast Guard says no pollution can been detected coming from two tugboats which capsized in the St. Lawrence River a week ago.

The Lac Manitoba and LCM 131 went under June 22 while trying to position a barge in the river.

The Coast Guard said Monday there’s been no sign of diesel fuel or hydraulic fluids on the surface of the water (sheening) since Friday morning.

Transport Canada is taking care also salvaging operations.

Meantime, the Coast Guard is also advising boaters to be careful around the barge because a three centimeter (1.2 inch) cable, roughly 90 meters (295 feet) long, is off the water. It’s marked by an orange ball buoy and flashing yellow lights.

Akwesasne is still advising residents on Pilon, Hamilton, Calquohoun and Dickerson Islands not to consume the water.

The advisory is staying place because trying to contact residents of the island once salvaging operations start in the next week could prove to be very difficult.

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