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Fishing Vessel Capsizes Near Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands National Park

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On Tuesday, July 11th, a 35-foot fishing vessel, the Five Gs, capsized near Santa Cruz Island. The three crew members attempted to swim to shore, but only one made it. About 200 gallons of diesel fuel were on board at the time of the incident, as well as gillnets, engine batteries, and household hazardous waste. As of July 13th, the vessel was 40 yards from shore in Chinese Harbor on the north side of Santa Cruz Island. A dead common dolphin was sighted next to the hull of the Five Gs that may have gotten tangled in the nets and drowned. The NPS and FWS are involved in the incident response, as well as NOAA (this is a national marine sanctuary) and the Coast Guard. The incident is being managed under ICS, with a unified command in place. The park and county sheriff’s office are also conducting a joint investigation into the two fatalities. Salvage operations were underway late last week and were to be completed by Friday evening.



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