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Fishing Vessel Grounded in Chinese Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, CA

Santa Cruz Island, CA | 2022-Dec-15

Initial Notification: On December 15, 2022, the USCG Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Santa Barbara contacted their NOAA SSC to request trajectory support for the 59’ F/V SPERANZA MARIE grounded in Chinese Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, CA. The vessel reportedly ran aground in the early morning hours with 6 persons on board who were rescued without injury. At the time, crewmembers reported a strong smell of diesel. The vessel may have been carrying roughly 1,000 gallons of diesel at the time, though the maximum capacity is reportedly 4,000 gallons (total across 4 separate tanks). The grounding location is along the shores of the Channel Islands National Park (NPS) and within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA). USCG requested trajectory support as assets are mobilized to the scene.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:Diesel
Total amount at risk of spill: 800 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 34° 1.96′ North
Longitude (approximate): 119° 36.39′ West