Fuel recovery from Lac Manitoba tugboat suspended; SG water advisory lifted

The Nadro Marine Services tugboat Seahound, shown here at the Cornwall Harbour on July 5, 2015, will be leading the de-fueling operation of the sunken tugboat Lac Manitoba. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Facing strong currents in the St. Lawrence River, Nadro Marine has temporarily suspended trying to remove fuel from the sunken tugboat Lac Manitoba.

The Canadian Coast Guard says the company suspended operations because it wanted to ensure salvage crew safety.

The plan for fuel recovery is being revised.

So far there is no reported or observed pollution from the tugboat, which is carrying 9,000 liters of diesel fuel, said the Coast Guard.

Meantime, in South Glengarry, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit has lifted its precautionary “Do Not Use Water” advisory for residents who draw water from the river from Glen Walter to South Lancaster.

The EOHU said the advisory will likely go back in place once the fuel recovery starts up again.

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