Coast Guard tows fishing vessel Advance and works to repair damaged navigation aid

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. – At high tide last night a crew from Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay successfully towed the fishing vessel Advance from the shoal it had grounded on Thursday morning.

The operator of the vessel removed approximately 1,200 pounds of salmon and ice to lighten the vessel, and at 10:48 p.m. the Coast Guard crew used a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat to tow it to Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay. There was no release of pollution after the grounding or during the tow.

The Advance became grounded after it struck channel marker 13 in the Bodega Bay Harbor. Channel markers serve as a navigation aids for mariners and the Coast Guard’s Aids to Navigation Team San Francisco will have to work to repair the aid and ensure mariners’ safety.

“Once we received the report, we verified that a broadcast notice to mariners had been transmitted and dispatched a boat crew to establish a temporary discrepancy buoy to best mark the navigational channel in the harbor,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Porter, the executive petty officer of Aids to Navigation Team San Francisco. “Due to the extensive damage a completely new aid will have to be installed, which includes a new steel piling, platform, and day boards. In the meantime, we ask that all mariners transit the area with caution and tune to VHF-FM channel 22A for regularly scheduled broadcast notice to mariners,” he said.

A mariner surveyor will conduct a structural integrity check of the vessel before it will be allowed to return to sea.

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