Saturday, December 05, 2009

Accidents can happen so quickly

This is old news but still quite spectacular piece of video and appropriate to my week of Marine Emergency Duties (MEDs) training than I expected. We watched plenty of videos on all kinds of marine disasters, but this one that someone sent Greig on Facebook was of the North Arm Venture from July of this year, which we used to see cruising by the Bowie often. I recall hearing about a tug flipping up in Skookumchuck Narrows (pronounced skoo-cum-chuck) last summer but this is the first I realize it was the Venture nor had I of  heard or seen of this video.

Here is the link to the video taken by some kayakers and the article in the Coast Reporter Newspaper.

Thankfully, a beautiful summer day and you can see nobody was wearing life jackets either. It was so very, very quick. The Narrows are a renowned perilous stretch of water and a challenge to any skipper towing anything through it at the best of times.

I was really surprised at how long it took the engines on this to stop. I guess one crew man was trapped in there for some time but did get out thankfully. Lucky that this didn't turn out worse than it did.

9 comments:

Shirley Landis VanScoyk said...

Pronounced as it LOOKS??????? yeah, just like Yougageny, schuylkill or Wissahickon, our rivers!

bowiechick said...

ha! skoo-cum-chuck. There is a town in the interior too with that name also.

Jamie said...

Yeah, obvious to us Northwesty folks. You got Brock and I started on a Youtube boating-fest for all sorts of entertaining examples of the power of hydraulics. Ouch!

rob said...

Unlike here in the UK, where "Beauleigh"is pronounced BYU-LEE :o)).

Jeff Thorlacius said...

Hey- I was up there working that day, and the tug that went to the rescue of the Venture (the Sea Imp IX)was actually working with me! I was there salvaging fish and bivalves from materials being dredged from a barge berth. We were just stopping for lunch when I saw the Venture starting its attempt at the Narrows. I came out of the barge lunchroom (a big dredging barge) a bit later and saw the tug heading back out of the Narrows. It was then I realized that while we were eating inside the barge, our tug had gone to the rescue! It was now towing the upside down Venture and its barge. Needless to say, our dredging operations were put on hold for 5 hours...

bowiechick said...

Oh for heaven's sake Jeff! That's amazing!

bowiechick said...

Do you know what happened to cause it to flip? It looked like it kind of jackknifed with the cable. And what ever happened to the Venture?

Jeff said...

They towed the Venture out to a buoy out in Jervis Inlet somewhere- possibly Vanguard Bay- where it sat for a day (upside down) until they could bring in a really big clamshell dredge to right it. Supposedly it's working again.

The way I understand it is that the crew timed the approach to the Narrows perfectly- on a slack tide- but that there was still an undercurrent which caught the barge. The barge turned on them quickly and they didn't have time to release the ropes. I've done some work with a First Nations guy who is friends with the guy who had been trapped under the hull. The guy had been snoozing in a berth under the bow when he was flipped on his head. He got banged up a bit and had to pull it together enough to swim down, open a hatch then swim out. He hasn't gone back to work, last I heard.

bowiechick said...

Holy! Thanks for that again Jeff.