Puerto General San Martín, north of Rosario, experienced an unusual last few hours. Around midnight on Thursday, a tugboat sank in the Paraná River, to the despair of the crew. On Friday morning, meanwhile, a large barge collided with a Prefecture boat, whose gendarmes jumped into the water to save themselves.
The first episode occurred around 12 p.m. "A totally serious situation," Fernando Ramírez, general secretary of the Rosario branch of the Naval Drivers' Union, told Cadena 3.
The tugboat barge, known as Uranus, was located at San Lorenzo Terminal 6. Unexpectedly, it began to sink. The seven people who made up the crew had to escape quickly: in just a minute and a half, the ship was underwater.
The ship belongs to the transport and logistics company El Hauar, which reported that no casualties were reported. Expert reports are being carried out to find out what happened and the Argentine Naval Prefecture, together with the firm, were evaluating the environmental impact.
The tugboat Urano that sank in Puerto General San Martín, north of Rosario.
Ramirez, on the other hand, described the accident as a "borderline situation" and said that three people were taken by ambulance.
According to his version, the episode would have originated from an "incomprehensible maneuver when he was on the dock." The local portal SL24 also slips another hypothesis: an overload of fuel as a trigger for the situation.
What happened to the barge that almost crushed a Prefecture boat?
When the workers of the river terminal had not yet recovered from the shock, another unforeseen event hit Puerto General San Martín.
The accident took place in Terminal 6 at 8:10 a.m. on Friday and was filmed by security cameras.
The moment when the barge crushed a Prefecture boat in the Paraná, north of Rosario. Photo Capture
In the images, a large green barge is seen advancing on a Prefecture boat, with at least half a dozen agents on the small boat.
Some of the prefects jumped into the water to save themselves. Others were left inside the boat, trapped but unharmed.
The barge was adrift. Apparently, he had cut the lines due to the current. "It's a very particular terminal, it's right on a curve of the Paraná," Ramirez said.
The evolution of the flooding of the Paraná River in the last month, the possible cause of the accidents in the Paraná River. Photo: PNA
For a few days now, the Paraná River has been rising. At the height of Rosario, this Friday it registered 4.66 meters, above the 4.62 meters of Wednesday and Thursday. In the city of Santa Fe, meanwhile, the alert level had already risen to alert level on Thursday and remained so on Friday, amid the influence of El Niño.