Report of oil near tugboat wrecks: 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 – Nearly two weeks after the sinking of a couple tugboats, comes word there may be some oil leaking from one of the vessels.

“The Coast Guard is investigating a new report of a few droplets of oil on the water in the area,” said the agency in a statement to Cornwall Newswatch Friday afternoon.

It adds that there has been “very little pollution resulting from the wrecks, so far.” Divers have been in to inspect the boats.

A containment boom and absorbent pads have been put in the water to control any pollution on the water’s surface.

A salvage plan to remove the Lac Manitoba and LCM 131, which had to be submitted by July 2, has “been received and is being reviewed by appropriate authorities, including Transport Canada.”

The tugs sank June 22 while trying to position a barge in the St. Lawrence River near the high-level bridge to start the deconstruction of the span across the river.

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