NORTH SHORE (NEWS 1130) — Boats smashing into the rocks, a sinking barge and shipping containers falling into the water are some problems caused by today’s strong winds at Horseshoe Bay.
The Canadian Coast Guard was called on Saturday morning about a barge sinking in Horseshoe Bay with rental boats and containers on board. The Swells Marina barge capsized because of the windstorm storm, which caused some boats, used oil and fuel drums to fall into the water. Staff at the marina weren’t able to move in to secure the boats or debris because of strong winds and waves.
High winds are causing extensive damage here in #Horseshoebay. At about 9 seconds into this video you can see a shipping container has now fallen into the water. It used be way over with the sail boats on the left of this dock. @CityNewsVAN @BT_Vancouver @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/ttOeX3k3ZE
— Ashley Grace Burr (@AshleyBurr_) February 9, 2019
Ashley Burr with CityNews saw dozens gathering by the water to watch what was happening on in the water. Some were out with binoculars watching what was happening to their own boats, but tape — and search and rescue crews — prevented them from getting too close, or on to the boardwalk.
“There’s at least two shipping containers in the water right now that I can see. There’s a bunch of boats being smacked together in one corner,” she says.
Marina staff, BC Ferries and the Canadian Coast guard are keeping an eye out on possible pollution from the tipped boats.
– With files from Ashley Burr and Peter Wagner