Salvage crew boards John I

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A salvage crew and a tow master are now aboard the MV John I.
The 600-foot vessel had been aground on shoal water off Rose Blanche until changing winds freed it on Monday.

Salvage crew boarding the  MV John I. — Department of Fisheries and Oceans photo

A crew from Svitzer Salvage, an international salvage company, and a tow master boarded the Canadian Coast Guard Ship George R. Pearkes today and were taken to the John I this afternoon. The crew is preparing to secure a tow hook-up with the tugs Ryan Leet and the Atlantic Fir.

Their plan is to bring the John I to Argentia where it can be more fully assessed for damage.

The George R. Pearkes is standing by and continues to monitor the vessel.

Two surveillance flights today did not detect any oil pollution.

The CCGS Earl Grey has picked up oil response equipment and is scheduled to depart Port aux Basques shortly to accompany the tow.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard

Geographic location: Argentia, Port aux Basques

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