Barge runs aground in Old Greenwich

Officials examine the barge that ran aground in Old Greenwich.

Officials examine the barge that ran aground in Old Greenwich.

An attempt will be made Thursday night during the late evening high tide to remove a barge that has run aground in Old Greenwich.

Greenwich police said they were informed on Wednesday by the Stamford Police Department that a barge broke free from its mooring inside the Stamford Harbor break wall. The approximately 100 feet long and 40 feet wide barge then floated into Greenwich where it became grounded at what is known as Rocky Point, which is approximately 200 yards south of Shoreham Club Road in Old Greenwich.

Police began investigating what happened and determined that the barge was associated with Rubino Brothers scrap yard. There has been no indication of any property damage in Greenwich as a result of this.

According to authorities this was a deck barge with no cargo on it so there is no concern about any pollution of the water or the release of hazardous materials. Work on the salvage operation is being supervised by the United States Coast Guard and the actual salvage is being done by the private company of Thornton Marine, which comes from Staten Island, N.Y.

Police offered an update on Thursday, saying that the barge is still in the same position as it was on Wednesday night. As of Thursday afternoon, a commercial diver is making repairs to the barge in hope that it will be able to be floated so it can be removed during the high tide. Coast Guard marine inspectors will continue to monitor wreck site and John Olson, the Coast Guard’s command duty officer for Long Island Sound confirmed that, “The barge is unmanned and in light condition, with no cargo and poses no pollution risk.”

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