Work is underway to reposition a submerged tug before lifting it from waters just west of Bella Bella.
Ayla Brown of the Heiltsuk First Nation says salvage experts used chains attached to anchors to drag the Nathan E. Stewart about 300 metres into deeper waters of Seaforth Channel.
She says dragging began overnight and the tug had been pulled about 25% of the way toward a salvage barge.
Once it is in deeper water, a crane will lift the 30-metre tug onto the salvage barge, but Brown says the operation was delayed due to tides and swells that made dragging unsafe.
It’s hoped work can resume with the changing tide.
The Nathan E. Stewart ran aground on October 13, spilling more than 100,000 litres of diesel and other contaminants.