Coast Guard Auxiliary boat runs aground in Long Beach Harbor

Long Beach, Calif – The 51-foot pleasure craft Moonlight Express grounded this morning in Long Beach harbor near Island Grissom while conducting a Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol under the auspices of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.

The incident was reported to the Coast Guard command center at 10:25 a.m. There were no injuries reported and the boat has sustained minimal damage and is fully intact. Coast Guard pollution investigators report that no oil has entered the environment.

“Auxiliary members must undergo a rigorous qualification process equal to that of the active duty Coast Guard in order to drive their own private boats to conduct safety patrols for the Coast Guard Auxiliary,” said Lt. Andrew Munoz, Coast Guard spokesman.

“Its unfortunate when mishaps such as these happen. We are focusing on getting the boat re-floated in the next 12-24 hours. A full mishap investigation has been initiated to determine the cause,” said Munoz.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian arm of the U.S. Coast Guard. Nationwide there are approximately 31,000 Americans who volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary providing public boating safety courses, vessel safety checks, and administrative support to the active duty Coast Guard.

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