Coast Guard responds to grounded houseboat in San Joaquin River

SAN JOANQUIN RIVER, Calif. - A houseboat sits aground in the San Joanquin River Tuesday, April 19, 2011, after the owner attempted to tow it Sunday, April 17, 2011. The owner has contracted a commercial towing company, and Coast Guard Station Rio Vista and Sacramento Sheriff's Department crews are on scene monitoring the situation. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

U.S. Coast Guard photo.

SAN FRANCISCO – Coast Guard Station Rio Vista and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department crews are on scene near a houseboat that ran aground this morning at the 47 and 49 marker buoys in the San Joaquin River.


There is no pollution threat and no injuries were reported.

The houseboat was being towed from Sacramento to Helen’s Marina when it ran aground early Sunday morning near Webb’s Tract. At the time it did not pose a navigation hazard, and the owner stated that he would hire a commercial towing company to move the tug and the houseboat.

At approximately 9:40 a.m., the houseboat refloated and started to drift down the river. It ran aground again near the 47 and 49 marker buoys. The houseboat is not in the channel; however, the Coast Guard is broadcasting a notice to mariners about the potential hazard to navigation.

The Coast Guard arrived on scene at approximately 10:40 a.m. with a 25-foot response boat.

The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the cause of the events.


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