Extreme winds force loose barge onto Vancouver beach

Nov 16, 2021

High winds were to blame for a loose barge that drifted through Vancouver’s False Creek on Monday before grounding itself on a Stanley Park beach.

The Canadian Coast Guard said in a statement the barge’s owner has been contacted and plans to retrieve it as soon as possible. It also said that the owner of the barge is responsible for securing, salvaging, and arranging a tow. The Coast Guard is not aware of anyone on board or any risks of pollution, and that there were no hydrocarbons on board.

Crews from the Kitsilano Coast Guard base have been on the water near the barge ensuring public safety, but the beached vessel caused quite the spectacle for those in the area.

Source: The Canadian Press