Two sailboats break loose in weekend storm

January 22, 2012 1:51:55 PM PST
Two sailboats in Santa Cruz broke free of their moorings in bad weather over the weekend, fire officials said.

At 11:15 p.m. on Friday, the Santa Cruz Fire Department responded to reports that the sailboats were loose and battering against the wharf near West Cliff Drive, fire officials said.

The swell was around 10 feet and winds were blowing at around 35 mph, preventing salvage officials from taking any immediate action.

No one was onboard the two vessels, which could not be secured in the storm surge.

The sailboats had washed ashore on to local beaches by Saturday morning, officials said.

Safety fencing has been installed around the beached boats to prevent the public from climbing onboard until they can be fully dismantled and removed, which is scheduled to take place Monday.

No hazardous materials or spills were detected.


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