A four hundred foot long barge ran aground on the eastern shore of Quadra Island a few days ago…there were mumblings about the crew and a chart table but, so far, the official explanation is ‘just plain, bloody stupid!’
The American barge hit the under-surface rocky reef with such force that it went ‘up’ the reef and settled heavily on top. NO longer floating fully. The tug disconnected and reported the mishap (first to their company), the crew changed their clothes and Canada and BC then came ‘into’ the picture with the Coast Guard boat, the Cape Palmerston – all 48 feet of her – the local police boat, the politicians and, of course, all government-based hands-on-deck. A lot of people stood there looking.
“Never mind, I thought, our World Class Marine Response team is likely already steaming underway to the scene. After all, the Americans are not telling what is IN the barge and whatever it is is either toxic, polluting or, at the very least, foreign to the marine environment. They’re a’comming’. The HAVE to be. Justin says ‘we are in good hands’.”
Sal said, “They are useless. Thursday morning the tide is 15.1. Then it will float off.”
Of course, divers went down, boats stationed themselves off the side of the barge, the Palmerston drew double shifts and, in all likelihood, the local fire-stations were jacked up. Ooooohhhhhhh…the preparation! The response! The energy!
But, surprisingly, there was no World Class response team arrival except that of the 100% unequipped-for-spills Cape Palmerston and her plucky crew of four. Mind you, we’d have a lot of witnesses for the interviews, court cases and speaking engagements.
The barge hung around for a few days and then on (take a guess…) the Thursday morning high tide, the barge floated off.
“Hey, Sal! Seems YOU are the World Class Response team. YOU said it right first!”
“Get me some interviews. I’ll do some speaking engagements!”