Low Tides Allow Opening Hatches on Ship that Sunk to Begin Removal of Decomposed Fish

Authorities confirmed that there is no risk for workers due to accumulation of gases and that decaying salmon would be in better conditions than expected.

After the installation of the first hatch in the Seikongen wellboat – a few weeks ago sunk in the Pilpilehue sector in the Chonchi district – and with the opening of a hole in one of the ponds carrying salmon, technicians and specialists were able to ventilate the accumulation of hydrogen sulfide dissipating the risk of worker intoxication.

The above allowed to verify that the great fear of the neighbors of the sector – the possible explosion of the ship and the subsequent affectation of the locals -, was never a certain possibility given the characteristics of the accident.

In this regard, the provincial governor of Chiloé, René Garcés, criticized the versions that circulate through social networks -and that were raised as an inevitable fact in meetings to which they were invited neighbors of the sector-, which are about a “time bomb” before an eventual explosion of the ship.

“Here again mention is made and it is important to validate what was said at the time, by the Mayor of the Prida and other authorities, that indeed the hydrogen sulfide was not a complication for the neighbors, only for those who could be working in the boat, and that today is ratified scientifically and gives us peace of mind and the residents of Pilpilehue, with whom indeed, we continue working and moving forward, “he said.

For its part, the Seremi del Medio Ambiente, Jorge Pasminio, confirmed that the first images obtained from the open container show that the salmon would be in better conditions than previously thought, which would facilitate their treatment.

“We are monitoring the contingency that occurred in the town of Chonchi, where we were able to confirm a priori, that the salmon are in better conditions than expected. This gives us the conviction that the handling of this mortality is carried out without inconvenience to be taken to places with adequate sanitary and environmental conditions, “he said.Sunk Wellboat

Meanwhile, the president of the indigenous community Ñancul de Pilpilehue, Patricia Cárdenas, expressed her satisfaction and agreement on the latest news of the work on the ship that the authorities have presented personally.

“It’s very good news, because we were expecting that (the fish) were completely decomposed and the maneuvers that were going to be made were more difficult, but apparently today we had good news for that part. I hope everything goes well from here on out. We are satisfied, now that it ends well, these are our wishes of all the communities that are participating, “he said.