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Crews attempting to re float sabotaged coast guard ship in N.S. fishing village


HALIFAX – The Canadian Coast Guard is this afternoon attempting to refloat its vessel that was cut from its cradle at a Nova Scotia shipyard.

The CCGS Corporal McLaren has been partially submerged with 2,600 litres of diesel fuel in its tanks and 400 litres of hydraulic fluid on board since it was allegedly sabotaged over a week ago.

Keith Laidlaw, the deputy superintendent for environmental response at the Canadian Coast Guard, said the vessel has been weighted so that as rises later today it will emerge level in the water.

A boom has been put in place around the vessel at Sambro Head, a coastal community 30 kilometres south of Halifax that is home to fishing vessels and a fish processing plant.

The vessel was discovered on its side in the water on Nov. 17, after being released from its secured cradle and sliding down a slip at the shipyard.

Halifax Regional Police said the slip had been damaged, and a shipyard employee reported that a cable on the ship’s cradle and an additional safety cable had been cut clean through.

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