October 25, 2021

Barge capsizes after a crane falls on it in the Galapagos Islands

fuel spill in the galapagos

A barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel capsized in waters off the Galápagos Islands early Sunday, prompting an emergency cleanup response in this environmentally sensitive area, park officials said on Twitter. Video posted online showed the barge overturning after a crane operator lost control of what looked like a Cat Generator that was being loaded aboard. This fuel spill in the Galapagos Islands is small, but still many fear that the sensitive habitat will be damaged.

The crane topples over and lands on the barge, capsizing it quickly. Workers can be seen frantically diving overboard to avoid being dragged down with the barge.

The crane’s operator can be seen dangling backwards out of the crane cabin. No word on any injuries to the barge crew or dock workers.

Ecuador’s Environmental Minister Raul Ledesema Huerta tweeted Sunday that “immediate actions” were being taken to reduce the environmental risk. 

Learn more about the fuel spill in the Galapagos from Newsweek

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