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A barge floats just off the shore of Vancouver's popular Sunset Beach. Uncommonly large waves and 70 km/h wind gusts slammed the barge as it creaked and groaned while grinding against the wall of rocks it was stuck in.Alia Youssef/The Globe and Mail

A loose barge drifted around Vancouver’s False Creek on Monday before grounding itself on a Stanley Park beach.

The Canadian Coast Guard said in a statement the barge’s owner has been contacted and plans to retrieve it as soon as possible.

It says it’s not aware of anyone on board or any risks of pollution.

There were no hydrocarbons on board.

Its statement says coast guard crews from Kitsilano’s base have been on the water near the barge ensuring the scene is safe.

It says the owner of the barge is responsible for securing, salvaging and arranging a tow.

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