On August 11, the 56 foot long fishing vessel Pacific Quest ran aground in Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz in the Natural Bridges State Park, California. The vessel had run ashore during the earlier morning hours at low tide. The captain who was the sole person on board abandoned ship and walk up the beach to safety. The captain had alerted the Coast Guard and attempting to arrange a tug to pull the Pacific Quest free.
An inspection found the fishing vessel had sustained too much hull damage and could not be pulled off the beach. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation as the vessel owners have arranged to remove the fuel off the vessel.
Reports state the Pacific Quest has partially broken up on the beach. The Pacific Quest had some 1200 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the incident. Authorities state some 200 gallons of diesel is known to leak out onto the beach and into the water.
On July 26, the fishing vessel Virginia J sank in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California. The Virginia J suffered water ingress and a distress call was sent out. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter and the 47 foot long response vessel to the scene. The Coast Guard also alerted other fishing vessels to assist in the rescue effort. The fishing vessel Redeemer responded and rescued the two crewmen off the Virigina J. No reports of injuries. The Virginia J later sank a few miles offshore. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On April 18, the 47 foot long fishing vessel Midori caught fire off Trinidad, California. Unable to contain the blaze, the crew of the Midori contacted another fishing vessel which relayed the message to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard dispatched a 47 foot long lifeboat along with a helicopter to the scene. With the flames reaching the Midori’s pilothouse, the five crew on board donned survival suits and abandoned ship into the vessel’s life raft. The nearby fishing vessel Pacific Bully arrived on scene before the Coast Guard and rescued all five crew. The tug Michelle Sloan arrived later and was able to extinguish the blaze. The Michelle Sloan took the Midori under tow back to port where a salvage team removed the remaining diesel fuel off the fishing vessel. No reports of injuries or pollution released.