Friday, October 4, 2013
Explosion in Southampton Harbour
A fishing tug has exploded 'shaking the ground', two people sent to hospital.
A fishing tug has exploded in Southampton harbour.
Southampton resident Ann Veyvara -- who lives near the harbour -- says she and her neighbours heard a big boom that shook the ground, around 6 PM on Thursday.
Veyvara says they made their way down to the harbour and from the other side of the Saugeen River at Scubby's Point, they could see a blue and white fishing tug had exploded.
The explosion occurred on the 55 foot steel fishing tug named "Andarlin"
Saugeen Shores Fire Chief Phil Eagelson tells Bayshore Broadcasting News when they arrived, they noticed heavy smoke coming from a commercial fishing tug boat.
Veyvara says firefighters started pouring foam on the boat although she did not see any flames, but a lot of smoke.
Saugeen Shores Police Inspector Ken McCulloch says a 47 year old has
been treated and released from hospital while a 63 year old is in
critical condition in Toronto.
Police have the area at Southampton Harbour cordoned off as they continue their investigation.
Eagelson says the cause of the explosion remains unknown but they are ramping up their investigation and hope to have an answer by late Friday, early Saturday.
The Ontario Fire Marshall's office has been called in to assist them in their investigation as well as Transport Canada.
No contaminants were spilled in the Saugeen River and Lake Huron.
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