Barge capsizes in Commencement Bay

Friday, March 23, 2007 · Last updated 8:29 p.m. PT

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TACOMA, Wash. — A barge capsized while leaving a dock, sending its load of 4,000 tons of scrap metal to the bottom of Commencement Bay.

No one was hurt and there appeared to be no ecological damage, the Coast Guard said Friday.

The accident happened Thursday night as the barge was leaving a dock at Schnitzer Steel Industries.

The Coast Guard was investigating, Petty Officer Shawn Eggert of the Coast Guard’s Seattle headquarters said.

The barge was towed back to the dock Friday, and Schnitzer Steel officials were arranging to have the scrap metal salvaged, Eggert said.

The Coast Guard issued a “notice to mariners” warning of the metal, which was located about 60 feet off the Schnitzer dock.

~ by fredfelleman on March 24, 2007.

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