SANTIAGO – At least four Chilean navy vessels were deployed on Wednesday to prevent a wider fuel spill after a salmon boat sank in the country’s south.
The boat, which was transporting live salmon, suffered damage and began taking on water in the vicinity of Pilpilihue Beach, near the southern port city of Puerto Montt.
The boat’s captain immediately informed the port authorities and ordered the evacuation of the vessel, which was carrying a 12-person crew, the navy said.
The maritime governor of the coastal city of Castro, Hector Aravena, told reporters that efforts already were being carried out to contain the spill and that an investigation was under way to determine what caused the boat to sink.
The port’s captain, Miguel Angel Bravo, said for his part that he had received the distress call from the Seikongen, which had set sail from Puerto Montt, at 10:50 am Wednesday.
He said the boat sank at a spot roughly 200 meters (655 feet) from the coast at a depth of 10 meters.