Update to Coast Guard response to vessel aground on Santa Cruz Island

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, Calif. — Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara and Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor oversaw the safe removal of the 30-foot squid-fishing vessel Lady Francis Tuesday evening, which was aground on the east coast of Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

A commercial marine assistance provider succesfully refloated the Lady Francis at approximately 7 p.m. and now has the vessel in tow, bound for Ventura Harbor.

No pollution was observed by Coast Guard personnel on scene.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

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