Man Crushed in Barge Incident
A 52-year-old Surrey man died after being crushed between two barges at a log sorting operation near Crofton, Canada.com reported. The accident occurred just before midnight while the men were working on barges towed by tugboats in the Shoal Island area, near the Catalyst mill in Crofton. Workers took the man to Cowichan District Hospital where he was pronounced dead, reports said.The B.C. Coroners Service and WorkSafe B.C. are investigating the death. Source: Canada.com
Whale-size Piece of Debris Remains a Mystery
The Intracoastal Waterway is clear and officials have begun an inquiry they hope will explain how a huge piece of debris ended up in the channel. So far, no one has been able to identify the massive, whale-shaped bundle of wood pulled from the waterway. It is suspected of damaging the cruise ship Spirit of Nantucket recently, forcing its captain to ground the vessel to prevent it from sinking. The debris measures 40 feet in length and is 7 to 8 feet tall, and is about 13 feet wide. It appears to be fashioned mostly of solid timber and has the remnants of metal plates and spikes in it. Worms have left artistic channels on its surfaces, and other marine life appears to have made it a home.
Navy League Past National President Daniel B. Branch Dies at 75
The Navy League of the United States mourns the death of its past national president, Capt. Daniel B. Branch Jr., USN retired. He died on Oct. 21, 2013, of complications from mesothelioma cancer at the age of 75. Memorial services will be held Thursday Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 South Boulder Road, Boulder, Colo. Burial services will be held at a future date at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Dan was born in Greenbelt, Md., in 1937, and graduated in 1959 from the U.S. Naval Academy.
New Tractor Tug for Jones Marine Group
Steady, smooth, powerful, highly maneuverable: these were comments from mariners on board for sea trials of Jones Marine Group’s new tractor tug, David J. The new workboat was put through its paces in fine form. The boat is an A.G. McIlwain-designed 53 by 26.5-foot handy-sized tractor tug with a hefty14-foot molded depth. The beam offers remarkable stability, while the length allows the tug to work in tight spaces. Built by Sylte Marine of Maple Ridge for Jones Marine Group Ltd, of Chemainus, it is, as company president Daryl R.