- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

BELLA BELLA, British Columbia (AP) - Salvage crews have managed to remove just over 10 percent of the diesel fuel from a tug that sank off the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia last week.

A report issued this morning by the owners of the tug, local First Nation and federal and provincial responders say crews have removed about 23-thousand litres of fuel from the Nathan E. Stewart after working for 10 hours.

They are hoping to empty more than 200-thousand litres in an operation scheduled to take 40 hours but the local First Nation says area shellfish beds have already been fouled and the situation is an “environmental disaster.”.

The tug owned by Texas-based Kirby Corporation went down last Thursday after running aground while pushing a barge through waters just west of Bella Bella.

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