Drifting barges hit yachts, restaurant in Vancouver


(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Police are investigating after two linked barges loaded with shipping containers came unmoored and drifted into Vancouver's Coal Harbor, striking two yachts and a waterfront restaurant, CTV News reported.

According to the Port of Vancouver, the North Arm Transportation barges moored on the North Shore became adrift sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning and began crossing Vancouver Harbor toward the city.

The port authority said tugboats were immediately deployed to remove the vessels, which had been towed from the area by 8 a.m.

Images from the scene showed the barges had struck two yachts, part of the Harbor Air terminal as well as the waterfront patio at Lift restaurant, causing damage to each.

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By Professional Mariner Staff