Barge Successfully Removed from Guam Reef

Editors Note: One of the oddities caused by the International Date Line, while it may be Thursday here in the United States, it’s Friday in Guam.

HAGATNA, GUAM — Coast Guard Guam personnel were instrumental Friday in helping resolve the case of the barge Tamara 5, which was pulled off a reef near Hagatna, Guam, at 6:15 p.m. by commercial tugs.

At about 6:15 p.m. today, the barge was pulled off the reef where it had rested since running aground early Tuesday morning. The tug boats June T and Goliath led the successful salvage operation.

The Tamara 5 was to be towed in to Apra Harbor and Coast Guard inspectors are on scene to verify the condition of the barge and conduct an investigation.

“Throughout the operation, we wanted to exercise an abundance of caution, ensuring the safety of the responders and natural resources,” said Coast Guard Sector Guam deputy commander Cdr. Lance Rocks. “The success of this salvage operation is a direct result of outstanding interagency cooperation.”

Guam Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have the lead on damage assessment of the reef, near several popular diving and snorkeling spots. No pollution was reported and no one was hurt.

“Thanks to the participation of Guam EPA, the Department of Agriculture, Guam Waterworks Authority, Guam Police, Guam Homeland Security, the Guam Fire Department, the salvage team and our Coast Guard crews, we were able to ensure the barge was removed without incident,” Rocks said. “The Coast Guard will continue its investigation into the cause of the accident.”

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