Tugboat capsizes in Fraser River

SHORTLY after 10 p.m. on Monday, a tugboat overturned in the Fraser River near Deering Island. The City of Vancouver says it is working closely with the Ministry of Environment and Canadian Coast Guard, the lead agency responding to the incident.

As a precaution the Vancouver Park Board is closing the beach at Fraser River Park until further notice. The park is upstream from the area where the tugboat capsized. Park Rangers are erecting signage advising of the closure. The City of Richmond has also closed the shoreline of McDonald Beach Park as a precaution.

Earlier Tuesday, the City of Vancouver’s Environmental Protection Branch assessed Deering Island and indicates there were no signs of sheen and no smell. The City is continuing to monitor the situation as the tide and conditions change.