Nelson Fire Rescue responds to boat leaking fuel into Kootenay Lake

Two firefighters responded to the incident with one fire engine and one utility vehicle.
Two firefighters responded to the incident with one fire engine and one utility vehicle.

Two members of Nelson Fire Rescue were called to assist Ministry of Environment Emergency Response and the Canadian Coast Guard Tuesday to a boat leaking fuel into Kootenay Lake.

Captain Jeff Hebert said in a media release Nelson Fire Rescue were called at 9:47 a.m. Tuesday 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,” Hebert said.

“Upon arrival, the first crew observed an awkwardly beached 20-foot 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,” Hebert added.

Hebert said fuel was removed from the vessel by firefighters to stop more liquid 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,” he said.

Hebert said 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.