Fuel spills from sunken boat

Firefighters respond to fuel and oil spill in Cooper Cove

The Sooke fire department responded to a fuel spill from a sunken boat in Cooper Cove around 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday.

Although the commercial vessel, moored near the Goodridge Peninsula, released fuel and other contaminants into the ocean, it was not enough to warrant a clean up.

“The Ministry of Environment along with the Coast Guard Spill Response Unit attended the scene and determined that there was minimal fuel leaking and not of sufficient quantity to require clean up efforts,” Fire Chief Steve Sorensen said via email.

He added the fire department set up booms around one area of the beach which seemed to contain a majority of the fuel spill.

Firefighters — who obtained a boat ride from a local fisherman —  also evaluated areas surrounding the sunken boat and determined that ocean waves were dispersing the leaked fuel.

Sorensen said there was approximately 100 litres of fuel on board and about 50 litres of hydraulic fluid, among other oils, in the engine. The fuel that was surfacing was evaporating within 20 feet of the boat.

The removal of the 42-foot long boat, which was submerged in about 12 to 15 feet of water, will be the responsibility of the owner.

It is unclear how long the boat was in the water and what caused it to sink.

The file has been turned over to the RCMP, as the boat’s owner claims items from his boat are missing.

Just Posted

First council candidate is missing

RCMP asks that anyone with information contact them immediately

Junior A hockey coming to Sooke

Exhibition game helps the Rotary Club to help community youth

Life-Altering experience

Six weeks that served to change their view of the world

Declining cellphone charges lead to drop in B.C. inflation rate

Year-to-year inflation in British Columbia stood at 2.1 per cent in July 2019, down 0.5 per cent

Midway will open early at the 2019 Saanich Fair

This year the fair will pilot a “sneak peek” and the main stage will feature April Wine

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

Wife charged in husband’s death in Sechelt

Karin Fischer has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Max

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Retired Vancouver Island teacher ‘Set for Life’ after $675K lottery win

Patrick Shannon plans to buy new sails for his sailboat

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Man at centre of dropped HIV-disclosure case sues province and 10 cops

Brian Carlisle of Abbotsford says Mission RCMP defamed him and were ‘negligent’ in their investigation

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Most Read