Over a month after dredge “Draga” sank at Pieremap Falls, Mazaruni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), efforts are now moving apace to salvage the wreckage.The vessel bearing registration number SD 3398 and owned by Crown Mining is expected to be removed from its present position in a matter of days.The operation is being untaken by the Natural Resources Ministry and several agencies including Crown Mining, to have the wreckage removed from the Mazaruni River since it is dangerously positioned.According to a statement issued by the Natural Resources Ministry, a crew of workers has built a specialised pontoon which will be used to bring to the surface the partly sunken dredge. The pontoon has three hydraulic winches and is 28 feet wide, 68 feet long and four feet deep. It has 18 compartments.“The plan is to fill the pontoon with water and then secure it to the sunken barge. The water will then be pumped out of the pontoon, which will cause it to rise up, taking the Draga with it. The pontoon when empty will have a lifting capacity of 180 tonnes,” the release stated.However, while the crew is at the site attempting to execute the plan, several challenges are now being encountered.The officials explained that the speed of the water at the top of the Pieremap Falls, coupled with a prolonged rainy season, is making the job even more difficult since the works entail underwater cutting.The works will soon be executed as the water levels drop, making the operation less dangerous. “The Ministry of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the situation in collaboration with the Maritime Administration Department,” the release added.
The blaze was ignited by flames that spread from a stolen car that was set ablaze, said Miller. “It was intentionally set, so that makes it arson,” he said. The car was a 2004 white Honda Civic that had been stolen from Riverside County, said John Nicoletti, spokesman for city of Anaheim. He said investigators had been in Riverside County all Monday working leads and were also reviewing security tape from Highway 241 to try to identify who ditched the car. “We’re looking for anybody who was traveling along the 241 toll road early Sunday that may have any information about seeing people around a vehicle such as that,” Nicoletti said. A red-flag alert for fire danger had been issued going into the weekend, and the forecast of winds, extremely low humidity and heat proved true as Southern California stayed on pace to have the driest winter in decades. ANAHEIM – A fierce blaze that whipped through brush lands among neighborhoods of multimillion-dollar homes during the weekend likely foreshadows an intense wildfire season as Southern California emerges from an abnormally dry winter, firefighters and forecasters said Monday. “With the current conditions we’re seeing, if we do have fires, we’re looking at real extreme fire behavior,” said Capt. Steve Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority. Even as firefighters predicted full containment of the 2,036-acre Anaheim Hills fire by 6 a.m. today, crews Monday had to jump on new blazes – 5 acres in Camarillo and about 10 acres in Los Angeles’ rugged Griffith Park. A 1,005-acre blaze that began Sunday in rural Riverside County was expected to be surrounded Monday evening. The Anaheim Hills blaze broke out Sunday and forced hundreds of people to temporarily leave their homes as hot, dry Santa Ana winds spread it over an area equal to about three square miles. One house was damaged and two outbuildings were destroyed. Another home initially reported as damaged was not harmed, Miller said. The last time it was this dry was in the 1923-24 season when 2.5 inches of rain was recorded through March 22, 1924. Only about 2.4 inches of rain have fallen in downtown Los Angeles since the July 1 start of the rain year, and forecasters said it was unlikely there would be any rain in March. Normal annual rainfall in Los Angeles is 11.43 inches. Santa Ana, Orange County’s seat, received only 1.81 inches of rain between July 1 and March 11 – about one-fifth of normal. At least four Orange County cities hit record highs Sunday, including Fullerton with 97. At 92 degrees, Los Angeles was one degree shy of breaking a record set in 1916. Temperatures to the east in Riverside County reached 104 degrees Sunday, a fire spokeswoman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!