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California Briefing / Newport Beach

Ferry sidelined by a hole in its hull

July 23, 2009|Dana Parsons

The historic Balboa Island ferry was out of service Wednesday after operators discovered a 2-foot hole in its hull late Tuesday night, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

The 57-foot ferry had no passengers when it ran aground about 11:30 p.m., but it was carrying an estimated 50 gallons of gasoline. The fuel was removed and the Coast Guard said there had been no reports of pollution in the harbor.

Officials at Balboa Island Ferry, which operates the service, and South Coast Shipyard, where the ferry was taken for repairs, could not be reached for comment.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman said there were no reports of flooding aboard the ferry as a result of the hole.

-- Dana Parsons

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