Barge with Navy munitions 'hard aground' near Anacortes

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Barge with Navy munitions 'hard aground' near Anacortes

Post by Flyers » Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:17 pm

A container barge carrying thousands of pounds of Navy munitions and other cargo ran "hard aground" early Monday morning near Anacortes, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The mishap occurred about 5:20 a.m. when the 322-foot barge St. Elias, being towed by the 101-foot tugboat Henry Brusco, ran aground on Belle Rock. Navy explosives experts have gone aboard the barge and determined that the explosives, bound for a Navy ammunition depot at Indian Island, were stable and secure. The exact amount of explosives was unknown; early estimates put it at about 9,000 pounds. Late Monday afternoon, the barge was still in place on Belle Rock as salvage divers inspected its hull to help determine how and where it can safely be moved. :shock:

***UPDATE*** Refloated yesterday, after it ran aground five miles southwest of Anacortes, Wash., in the Rosario Strait, on Monday. :)

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