Coast Guard responds to beached vessels

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The 50-foot sailboat, High Priestess, sits on East Beach after running aground the morning of Dec. 22.  Heavy rains and high winds along the California coast has caused several vessels to break loose of their moorings or be swamped.  Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara personnel responded to this vessel as well as another vessel aground on the same beach.  The High Priestess is carrying 250 gallons of fuel onboard and commercial crews are beginning the process of removing all hazardous chemicals to avoid a spill.  U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Sailboat High Priestess sits on East Beach

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Coast Guard is responding to a pollution threat caused when two sailing vessels went aground on East Beach, Tuesday morning.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara personnel responded to a 25-foot sailboat and a 50-foot sailboat that were beached by the rough weather at about 5 a.m.

A light sheen was reported as crews work to offload about five gallons of diesel fuel from the smaller boat while a commercial crew has been hired to remove as much as 250 gallons of fuel from the larger vessel.

As the California coast continues to see heavy rainfall, the Coast Guard reminds boaters to keep a watchful eye on their vessels. This inclement weather can cause boats to break loose of their moorings or become swamped from the rain, causing fuel and oils to spill into the water.

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