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Press Release | Feb. 13, 2024

Unified Command continues response to grounded vessel near Bodega Bay


SAN FRANCISCO — The unified command and partner agencies continue to respond to the vessel grounded two miles southwest of Bodega Bay and mitigate any impacts to the environment.

Initial efforts on Sunday and Monday to refloat the vessel at high tide were unsuccessful and an unknown volume of diesel discharged into the water during the tug operation on Monday February 12.

Contractors under the direction of a unified command began petroleum removal Tuesday morning. Crews were able to remove diesel from one storage tank before tidal conditions made further operations unsafe.

Attempts to remove pollution from the vessel, address the crab catch, and assess the vessel’s integrity will continue tomorrow, pending safe working conditions.

Investigation into the cause of the grounding and volume of diesel discharged is ongoing.

The unified command consists of representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, California State Parks, Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management, and the vessel captain.