The T.S.B. issues report on barges running aground last March
The Transportation Safety Board has now released the results of its investigation into the groundings of two barges off the Victoria waterfront in March of 2016.
The T.S.B. says gale force winds and rough sea conditions caused the tow rope between two of the barges to break, allowing one barge to start drifting towards shore.
During the attempt to recover that barge the tug’s propeller became tangled in a rope, that in turn forced the tug’s crew to abandon the barge that was still under tow.
It then also ran aground.
The T.S.B. also cites poor planning and decision making as contributing factors in the incident.