Barge with a crane is utilized in recovery operation off Saltair for an anchor chain and the anchor from a freighter. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Barge with a crane is utilized in recovery operation off Saltair for an anchor chain and the anchor from a freighter. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Updated – Salvage operation attempts to recover freighter anchor, chain

Crane works from a barge off Saltair several days

A salvage operation that lasted several days off Saltair has concluded, apparently without success.

Curious onlookers were wondering what was happening, as a barge with a crane remained stationed in place. Dive boats and tugs were also employed as a freighter lost some 2,000 feet of anchor chain and the anchor.

“Transport Canada is aware of the salvage activity near Chemainus,” noted Sau Sau Liu, senior communications advisor, in an email on July 4. “The vessel owner is being proactive to remove the anchor in compliance with the Canadian Navigable Waters Act.”

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Tugs were also on the scene of Saltair salvage operation. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Tugs were also on the scene of Saltair salvage operation. (Photo by Don Bodger)