Here is a link to the story from the Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016461902_barge11m.html
The barge is the 322’ St. Elias, owned by Samson Tug & Barge, and was being towed by the tug Henry Brusco of Brusco Tug & Barge. The barge is loaded with misc. container cargo including some navy munitions. They were on a voyage from Alaska to Seattle, with a stop at the Indian Island depot to offload the munitions.
The barge was successfully re-floated and is currently anchored near Ship Harbor, awaiting authorization from the COTP to proceed. No injuries or spills, but the barge has taken on a noticeable list.
Those of you who sail in Puget Sound will be familiar with Belle Rock, which is a clearly marked hazard in the Southern portion of Rosario Strait showing a white light flashing every 2.5s. See chart 18429.
More on this incident later…