Fears Tuesday afternoon about a possible environmental mess tied to a sinking vessel near Campbell River failed to bear fruit thanks to a quick patch job.
The Salmon Seeker, owned by K&D Contracting Ltd. was undergoing maintenance and started taking in water, said Susan Williams, spokesperson for the Canadian Coast Guard. Divers patched the hole in the 176-ft vessel and though the coast guard is still on site, Williams said it is no longer an issue.
“They put some absorbent boom around the site just to make sure but right now there doesn’t look like there are any issues,” she said.
There was a small sheen observed inside the boomed off area, likely due to de-watering of the engine room, Williams added and the coast guard will continue to take measures to minimize any impact to public safety and the environment.
Western Canada Marine Response Corporation also responded to the incident.
K&D Contracting Ltd. was contacted and is working with the coast guard Williams added.
*Correction notice: We mistakenly published that Oak Bay Marine Group was the owner of the vessel. That is not the case, it is owned by the Campbell River company K&D Contracting Ltd.