Grounded vessel near Santa Cruz breaks up spilling estimated 200 gallons of fuel

The 56-foot commercial fishing vessel, Pacific Quest, is shown broken and beached near Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., Aug. 13, 2018. Responders are working to remove fuel from tanks on the beach during low tide. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo/released).

The 56-foot commercial fishing vessel, Pacific Quest, is shown broken and beached near Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., Aug. 13, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo).

SAN FRANCISCO — Responders operating in a unified command completed the removal of diesel fuel Monday evening from the commercial fishing vessel Pacific Quest near Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz.

Approximately 720 gallons of diesel fuel were pumped from the vessel’s fuel tanks with none remaining aboard.

The Pacific Quest, began breaking apart on the rocks Sunday evening, causing a fuel line to rupture and discharge an estimated 200 gallons of diesel fuel, however this estimation will remain dynamic until offloading operations are completed.

The fuel release was unrecoverable and there is no visible sheening. The source of the leak has been secured.

The fuel tanks remained in the stern of the vessel, which washed ashore as the vessel broke apart, allowing responders to begin defueling operations Monday morning.

The response focus has now shifted from pollution recovery to marine debris removal.  Monterey Bay Diving has been hired to conduct debris removal operations.

The Coast Guard asks boaters and surfers transiting the area to be alert for debris from the Pacific Quest.

There have been no reports of impacted wildlife.

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