LOCATION: Campbell River, British Columbia
Case number: 120-707
On March 2, 2015, the 50 foot, 89-year old wooden vessel Pursepa was aground on Tyee Spit in the Campbell River Estuary in British Columbia. The vessel had been converted to a live-aboard boat, the owner was contacted, and he committed to take measures to mitigate the threat of pollution by refloating his vessel on the tide. Coast Guard concluded that the Pursepa was likely to discharge oil pollution as it lay aground on the sand bar in the mouth of the river. On March 4, the Coast Guard took over the response when it was apparent that the owner was unwilling and unable to take appropriate measures. Coast Guard personnel from the Campbell River Lifeboat Station boomed the immediate area around the grounded vessel to contain any released hydrocarbons. On March 5, after a site visit the Coast Guard concluded it was necessary to remove the wreck to prevent further pollution. A local contractor from Campbell River was engaged to dispose of the abandoned vessel and on March 18th the operation commenced. Coast Guard was on-scene as On-scene Commander. During a four-day period, 100 gallons of diesel fuel was removed from the vessel along with the fuel tanks, other contaminant and the main engine. During the lift operation the stern of the vessel separated from the hull. It was decided to leave the shell of the vessel on the Spit. The incident was closed on March 24, 2015.
On February 28, 2017, the Coast Guard filed a claim with the Administrator in the amount of $24,504.93. The claim was investigated and assessed and the Administrator found the amount of $24,473.92 to be established. On March 30, 2017, an offer in the amount of $24,473.92 plus interest as full and final settlement was made to Coast Guard. The file remains open.