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Runaway barges in Coal Harbour cause over $1M in damage

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Police say two barges broke away and caused more than $1M worth of damage in Vancouver's Coal Harbour on Boxing Day. Sarah MacDonald reports – Dec 27, 2018

Vancouver police say two barges that got loose from their moorings in North Vancouver and drifted over the Burrard Inlet caused over $1 million in damage Wednesday morning.

A statement from the Vancouver Police Department described the barges, which broke loose around 5 a.m., as “very heavy, loaded with containers and each about the size of a soccer field.”

The barges struck several boats and buildings, including the Lift Restaurant at Coal Harbour, where windows were shattered after one of the barges crashed into its patio.

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At around 8 a.m. Wednesday, VPD and Port of Vancouver vessels were able to pull the barges back to North Vancouver using tugboats.

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No injuries were reported in the incident.

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