The vessel was released from its secured cradle at the Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. shipyard and slid down the slip. A spokesman for the yard said that vandals had entered the yard on Friday night and cut the cradle cable and safety chain with a cordless mini-grinder. "If a cable fails, it frays. This was a clean straight cut."
The 42-meter patrol ship is reported to be stable, and there are no signs of spilled oil. The Canadian Coast Guard has tweeted that a containment boom is in place. “Our Environmental Response crew is monitoring 24/7. We are working with partners to determine the cause of the incident and salvage ship.”
The vessel has been at the shipyard since November 5.