Coast Guard removes fuel from beached boat


By Bay City News Service

Coast Guard divers on Tuesday evening removed nearly 2,000 gallons of fuel from a fishing boat that had become stranded on the beach near Half Moon Bay earlier in the day, a spokeswoman said.

The dive team worked for more than three hours in the surf zone off of Francis State Beach to stabilize the 65-foot "Phyllis J" and remove a tank-load of diesel and hydraulic fuel without any spills, Coast Guard Lt. j. g. Laura Williams said.

"They were able to successfully remove any environmental hazards," she said.

Salvage crews returned to the site of the beached vessel Wednesday to determine if it was structurally sound enough to be towed by sea to its home port of Pillar Point Harbor, or to be towed over land, Williams said.

Officials from the state Department of Fish and Game, state parks, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary were monitoring the operation.

The Coast Guard was alerted to the beached boat at about 1 a.m. when a San Mateo County emergency dispatcher received a 911 call reporting the stranding.

Three people on board were able to safely disembark, and no injuries were reported.

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