BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A tugboat and barge carrying thousands of gallons of oil are up and moving after being temporarily stuck near the intersection of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Lockwood Folly Inlet, after running aground on a sandbar near Holden Beach.
Chief Thomas Bates of the USCG Sector office in Wilmington said they were notified by the captain of the tug around 5:30am Saturday that he had run "soft aground". Chief Bates said the double-hulled barge is carrying 11,000 barrels of No. 6 fuel oil, similar to home heating oil, which is a common cargo to move through the waterway. No one on the tug was hurt, and Chief Bates said there is no report of pollution or other environmental concerns.
Bates said the boat just needed to wait for the tide waters to rise before taking off again.
"The barge is in relatively safe condition right now," said Chief Bates.
Chief Bates said the USCG notified mariners about shoaling going on in that area of the ICW because of sand washing in from the inlet. Boaters need to be aware of the conditions.
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