British Columbia

Sunken tug to be lifted Monday: Heiltsuk First Nation

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council says the work to remove the Nathan E. Stewart from the ocean floor near Bella Bella, B.C., is expected to take six hours.

More than 100,000 litres of fuel were released into the water when the tug ran aground near Bella Bella

A tugboat, the Nathan E. Stewart, ran aground last month in the Seaforth Channel near Bella Bella. (Ian McAllister)

The Heiltsuk First Nation says in a news release that salvage operations to lift a sunken tug from the waters off British Columbia's central coast will begin on Monday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. PT. 

The release says the operation to remove the Nathan E. Stewart from the ocean floor is anticipated to take six hours. 

Once lifted, the 30-metre tug will be placed on a salvage barge and towed from the area.

The vessel ran aground and sank about 28 kilometres from Bella Bella, B.C., last month.

Officials have also provided an update on how much fuel was on board when the boat went down, saying in the latest report that it was loaded with 237,262 litres of diesel fuel.

The report says 107,552 litres of fuel and 2,240 litres of lubricants were released into the environment.

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