Barge Threatens Pier

A barge carrying hazardous materials that broke free from a tug is closing in on Little Island Pier at Sandbridge. The barge is aground on the beach at Sandbridge, and winds are pushing it toward the pier. The Coast Guard said Saturday that the barge is about 135 yards from the pier. Crews were able to slow the barge’s progress toward the pier by filling ballast tanks with water. The barge has moved 7 yards in the last 12 hours. Officials are now working on a salvage plan.

A boarding party of about a half-dozen men went aboard Saturday. The team climbed up into the ship using a ladder from the beach. The boarding team included Coast Guard personnel and men from Ft. Lauderdale-based Titan Salvage Company.

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