Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate
Jessica Cejnar
Del Norte Triplicate

It’s not yet known how a 34-foot sailboat that ran aground and sank Monday will be salvaged, however according to Crescent City Harbormaster Charlie Helms the vessel isn’t leaking any hazardous materials.

Del Norte Sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven said Thursday it was determined the boat, owned by Barry Nokes, came loose from its mooring and reportedly ran into the north side of the jetty near the U.S. Coast Guard station.

Steven said Nokes and a friend were in town when the boat ran aground and returned to the jetty. Steven said Nokes jumped aboard to try to get the boat from the rocks but jumped back onto the jetty upon realizing he could not.

The boat sank at the location and has been just under the surface since. Calm water has keep the boat from being broken up on the nearby jetty.

According to Helms, representatives with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Office of Spill Prevention Response and the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Division met with the harbor to discuss what to do with the boat. Since the boat’s in a federal channel, Helms said, it’s not up to the harbor district to salvage it.

The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Division inspected the boat and determined that it wasn’t leaking hazardous material, Helms said.

UCCG personnel said a boat was used to get some floating items from the water nearby. The boat reportedly contained about 48 gallons of gasoline.

The owners, who are from Canada, have insurance on the boat, Helms said. Helms said the may have been entering the harbor when the owners decided to moor it “right where it sunk out in the channel.”

Representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard weren’t available to speak Friday on how the boat would be salvaged. A representative said the Humboldt Bay sector was working on a news release about the boat, however, as of press time Friday that was unavailable.