On October 7, the fishing vessel Kaylee J ran aground off El Capitán State Beach near Goleta, California. The vessel had alerted authorities that the vessel had run aground just 20 yards offshore and requested assistance. The Coast Guard dispatched a response team from Santa Barbara.
The team reported the vessel aground, but no reports of injuries or oil pollution released. Reports state a response team will remove the fuel and any other hazardous materials off the fishing vessel. No word if the Kaylee J will be salvaged or not. The incident is under investigation.
On September 29, the 41 meter long research / fishing vessel Norton Sound caught fire while berthed in San Diego, California. Reports state authorities were alerted who dispatched local fire fighters to the scene. Assisted by the Coast Guard, fire fighters tried to extinguish the blaze. However, the fire was too intense below decks to be contained. They decided to let the fire to burn itself out. Heavy smoke was reported to still billow out of the Norton Sound the following day. Authorities state it may take up to 50 hours for the fire to die out.
No reports of injuries. The cause of the fire was not disclosed. Reports state there was no one on board the vessel at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
On July 28, the fishing vessel Point Estero ran aground in Estero Bay near Cayucos, California. The fishing vessel was heading back to port in Morro Bay when it drifted ashore while in a heavy fog bank. Authorities were alerted and dispatched a response team to the scene. Fuel was unloaded off the Point Estero to prevent any fuel pollution being released into the water. A salvage company was contracted to pull the vessel free. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The incident is under investigation.