The Baltic III, a Deep Bay derelict vessel notorious for taking on water and leaking oil, is being seized by officials.
On Jan. 30, VIU Field Marine Station manager Brian Kingzett said the Coast Guard stepped in.
“They have decided the vessel is clearly abandoned and have posted a notice on it,” said Kingzett. “They are going to seize it and have it disposed of.”
Kingzett said the Coast Guard mopped up excess oil and pumped the vessel — however, it still sits in Deep Bay while the logistics of the boat’s removal are figured out.
Kingzett said the Coast Guard was unaware of the plethora of other derelict vessels in the area and conducted an investigation of them while they were in Deep Bay.