Fascinated crowds continue to gather along Victoria’s Dallas Road waterfront after two barges crashed onto shore.
While under tow to Sidney Wednesday night during high winds, the tow line attached to the tug pulling the vessels snapped, sending them straight to the beach.
A light shines on one of two barges beached on Victoria’s Dallas Road.
Just before eight pm. the condition on the water… rough with driving rain, and winds gusting to 75 kilometres an hour.
The lights on the water draw crowds to the area.
And concern is focused on the largest barge.
Daylight comes with a high tide.
Crews are able to pump water out of the barge, and with a tow line established, slowly move the barge off the beach.
“The tides were supportive, or helpful.
The weather, obviously, is not bad.
And we were able…The salvager was able to get the barge free.”
All the vessels involved are owned by Malahat based Heavy Metal Marine, the company paying all costs associated with the salvage effort, including costs for the Coast Guard.
But the second barge remains grounded.
It’s loaded with construction debris from re-fit of the Coho ferry terminal.
The salvage effort attracts large crowds.
“oh I was astonished to see.
Not sure whether it’s sunk a bit, or if it’s just a low barge with lots of junk on it.”
“You’d expect these guys to know what they are doing.”
Crews work to tie down materials loaded on to the barge.
They have to wait until Friday mornings high tide to move it, all under the watch of the Coast Guard.
“We’ll make sure it’s not going to leave the beach,
We’ll keep a monitor of the situation throughout the night.
And then have a look again tomorrow morning.
It’ll obviously have to be removed. ”
Work is underway at the Point Hope Shipyards on the first barge, repairing holes in the hull.
Meanwhile, Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board are involved in a preliminary investigation into the cause.