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Investigation Underway Into Sinking Of 260 Foot Long Barge Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:53pm

The Coast Guard has just released details of a 260 foot long barge sinking off the Santa Barbara County coastline.

Coast Guard officials received word the barge Nash was in trouble off of Point Conception June 8th.

The barge was carrying a cargo of 3900 metric tons of magnesium chloride, a non-hazardous derivative of sea water.

It sank stern first, with its bow sticking out of the water near an oil platform.

Tugs maintained watch during salvage efforts.  There was enough buoyancy left in the wreckage that salvage crews were able to move it yesterday to a deep ocean area where it could be disposed of with minimal environmental impacts.

No one was hurt.

Investigators are still trying to determine why it sank.

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