Nelson Fire Rescue stop boat fuel leak into Kootenay Lake

A beached 20 foot vessel leaked fuel into Kootenay Lake Tuesday, Firefighters, Ministry of Environment Emergency Response and the Canadian Coast Guard respond

(Nelson Fire Rescue Release) – At 0947 hours the Nelson Fire & Rescue Services received a call from Ministry of Environment Emergency Response and the Canadian Coast Guard requesting us to investigate a vessel leaking product into the Lower West Arm of Kootenay Lake.  Both on duty members responded immediately to the 1000 block of Lakeside Drive.

Upon arrival, the first crew observed an awkwardly beached 20’ vessel that appeared to be leaking fuel into the lake.  The crew’s primary objective was to control the fuel leak and stop further contamination. Fuel was removed from the vessel by firefighters to stop fuel from leaking into Kootenay Lake.

The vessel was rendered no longer a hazard to the environment and has been turned over to the owner for removal.

In all, two firefighters responded to the incident with one fire engine, and one utility vehicle.

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that everyone as a role in protecting our environment.