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Fishing boat stranded on Shell Beach has been moved, officials say

A fishing boat came loose from its mooring in San Luis Harbor and ended up on Shell Beach on Wednesday, according to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response. It was returned to the harbor Thursday.
A fishing boat came loose from its mooring in San Luis Harbor and ended up on Shell Beach on Wednesday, according to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response. It was returned to the harbor Thursday.

A fishing boat discovered stranded on Shell Beach was returned to Port San Luis Harbor on Thursday before being moved to a dry dock, officials said.

The 35-foot vessel was discovered perched on rocks along the beach Wednesday, after it likely came loose from its mooring during stormy weather and drifted for about 2 miles, according to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.

On Wednesday night, crews removed 185 gallons of fuel from the boat, along with any oil and batteries on board, said Steve Gonzalez, a public information officer for Fish & Wildlife. No fuel from the boat leaked into the ocean, Gonzalez said.

During the boat’s recovery Thursday morning, crews stabilized it with large airbags — called “bladders” — and a salvage company towed the vessel back to the harbor before it was moved to a dry dock, Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said there were no reports of fuel or oil leakage during the boat’s recovery, and the boat was back in the harbor by 9 a.m.

“Everything went well,” he said.

Mark Powell: 805-781-7915

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