Boat strikes north jetty at entrance to Humboldt Bay

EUREKA, Calif. – The Coast Guard helped the Kahnquest, a 48-ft cabin cruiser that took on water after it hit the north jetty near the entrance of Humboldt Bay, this morning.

The cruiser navigated through the dense fog and struck the north jetty while leaving Humbolt Bay enroute to Los Angeles. Soon after, a rogue wave slammed the small boat against the jetty again, causing significant damage.

At 1:50 a.m., Kahnquest’s skipper radioed mayday, and the Coast Guard directed a 47-ft Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay to respond.

Although the Kahnquest was taking on water, it was still able to sail with power. When the Coast Guard crew arrived, its damage control team pumped out water from the boat until 10 a.m. This allowed the Kahnquest to safely transit the harbor to a haul-out facility in Fields Landing in Eureka, Calif., where it was lifted out of the water.

“Last night was some of the thickest fog of the summer on the bar,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Duncan, a boatswain’s mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay.

Weather on site of the jetty crash was zero visibility, four to six foot seas and light winds.

This is the second incident in the last month of mariners becoming disoriented from dense fog in Humboldt Bay and finding themselves in distress. Hazardous surf combined with thick fog makes the Humboldt Bay coast a challenging environment for mariners of all experience levels. Mariners are advised to maintain and use adequate navigation equipment for low visibility conditions.

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