Coast Guard oversees disabled vessel towing operations near Point Reyes

11th Coast Guard District NewsSAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard is overseeing the rescue of a disabled freighter, which is currently 11 miles west of Pt. Reyes, and is being towed to the Port of Oakland for repairs, Wednesday, April 25.

The Coast Guard personnel at Vessel Traffic Service San Francisco identified the disabled motor vessel Pacific Sea, a 623-foot Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier, at approximately 6:00 a.m. Sunday. At the time the vessel was disabled and adrift 24 miles west of Bodega Bay, Calif., and en route to Stockton, Calif.

The vessel’s owner contracted with Starlight Marine Services to render assistance and two tugs were dispatched to the scene to tow the vessel.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol boat homeported in Bodega Bay, was also dispatched to the scene to oversee the operation. The vessel is not carrying any cargo, but does have nearly 200,000 gallons of fuel oil on board.

The vessel was taken under tow at approximately 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night, and is currently en route to San Francisco Bay with an arrival time of approximately 6:00 a.m. The vessel will be towed to the Port of Oakland where it will undergo repairs and be inspected by the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center will continue to monitor the disabled vessel and tow efforts.

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