Guided tours of a submarine and a surf-rescue vehicle will take place Saturday and Sunday in Morro Bay.
Volunteers of the Morro Bay Maritime Museum will host the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Front Street parking lot next to the site of the former Morro Bay Power Plant.
The tours will feature a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV-2) called the Avalon and a Coast Guard surf rescue craft.
The Avalon was designed to rescue submerged, disabled submarines in 1971 after 129 men were killed in the USS Thresher disaster during a test run.
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The Avalon is 50 feet long, 8 feet in diameter and weighs 37 tons. It’s capable of diving 5,000 feet and carrying 24 passengers, plus a crew.
Tour donations of $5 for adults will go toward the establishment of a permanent maritime museum, including paying for moving the displayed watercraft.
Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free with the accompaniment of an adult who has made a $5 donation.
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