The underwater investigation of the wreckage at Robson Bight ecological reserve began on Wednesday with great success. Within the first hour, the pilot of the mini submarine, Jeff Heaton of Nuytco, spotted the sunken truck that was sitting upright in the sediment beneath 1,150 feet of water. The truck was intact with some deformation on each end, and initial observations did not show large cracks or holes. During the second submarine dive, manned by Doug Bishop, three pieces of the sunken logging equipment were uncovered.
Jeff Heaton of Nuytco prepares for the investigative dive aboard the one-person mini submarine.
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High quality footage was taken of all the uncovered wreckage, and we are waiting for experts to analyze the content to determine how to move forward with the assessment results.
The investigation team consisted of representatives from local whale watching companies, the Namgis First Nation, the B.C. Ministry of Environment, the Canadian Coast Guard, people from Nuytco performing the submarine dives, and Living Oceans, there also on behalf of Greenpeace;. A boat with media was also onsite during the investigation, as was a pod of orcas.
The investigation comes almost four months after the barge carrying logging equipment through Johnstone Straight tipped its load into an orca sanctuary resulting in a diesel spill. The long-term impacts of the spill are unknown but the investigation will help determine whether the orcas and marine environment are threatened.
To see footage taken from the water and aboard the vessel used during the investigation please visit Living Oceans.