Coast Guard responds to report of vessel collision near Santa Barbara

 

Channel Islands Harbor receives Response Boat MediumSAN PEDRO, Calif. – Coast Guard crews respond to report of a vessel collision near Santa Barbara around 6 a.m., Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received notification of the two vessels; the Golden Eagle and the Natural Mystic, colliding approximately 6 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara.

Coast Guard watchstanders immediately launched a 45-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands along with diverting the Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin to assist the vessels.

Upon arriving on scene the crew of the Blackfin had been notified by the Golden Eagle operator that they had sustained no damage from the collision. The Natural Mystic notified Coast Guard crews that they had sustained a cracked port bulkhead and were taking on a small amount of water, however they were able to keep up with the small amount of water.

Coast Guard crews determined the Golden Eagle to be seaworthy and deemed it safe continue its voyage to San Diego.

The Natural Mystic was able to operate the vessel safely and made its way into Ventura Harbor. Coast Guard Station Channel Island provided an escort to the Natural Mystic into Ventura Harbor where they conducted a further assessment of the incident and vessel.

Both vessels were advised to submit a California boating accident report to the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways.  No injuries to the boaters were reported.

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