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53-foot Motor Yacht Adrift Off Big Sur, CA

off Big Sur, CA | 2023-Aug-27

Initial Notification: Late Sunday night (27-AUG-2023), USCG Sector San Francisco contacted ERD’s Hazmat Duty Officer for notification purposes only of the 53’ Motor Yacht SERENITY then adrift. The SERENITY was the subject of a USCG search & rescue operation Sunday evening with an estimated 800 gallons diesel on-board. The incident occurred during heavy weather conditions (winds exceeding 20 knots from the NW and building to well over 30 knots) and all persons on board (POBs) were rescued. ERD provided support for possible drift estimates of the vessel to inform the vessel owner’s aerial search planned for Friday (01-SEP), in the event it is still afloat.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:Diesel
Total amount at risk of spill: 800 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 36° 1.68′ North
Longitude (approximate): 121° 52.04′ West