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June 22, 1990 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The saga continues. When we last left the former cruise ship Princess Louise, the ill-fated vessel was lying 900 feet deep in the outer San Pedro Channel, where it sank en route to its intended resting place off the coast of Santa Catalina Island. The sinking of the 330-foot liner was to have ended its final sorry days--bankrupt as a business, no longer seaworthy, capsizing in a Terminal Island shipyard, even plundered by rogue divers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1995
An overturned 60-foot power yacht registered to an owner in Alaska was found Thursday nine miles west of Catalina Island, officials said. A dive team said no bodies were found near the vessel. The overturned vessel was spotted about 5 p.m. by the crew of a cruise ship, officials said. A county Fire Department dive team searched the waters for several hours.
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March 18, 1991 | LARRY B. STAMMER and LAURIE BECKLUND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An oil tanker chartered by Chevron, U.S.A., ripped open an undersea oil pipeline with its anchor a mile off El Segundo on Saturday night, spilling 27,720 gallons of a highly volatile oily fuel mixture into Santa Monica Bay, the U.S. Coast Guard reported Sunday. The accident, which occurred at 7:05 p.m. but was not made public until nearly 11 hours later, forced the closure of the Marina del Rey yacht harbor as a 13-mile "safety zone" was declared from Venice to Manhattan Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1995
Rescuers on Wednesday plucked six people from a life raft after a 190-foot offshore supply carrier sank off Malibu. One man was treated for hypothermia, but the rest of the crew members were uninjured, a Coast Guard officials said. The Coast Guard received a Mayday call from the Long Beach-based American Heritage about 12:10 a.m., said Petty Officer Randy Reid. The caller reported "flooding in the engine room," Reid said, adding that it was unknown what caused the leak.
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March 19, 1991 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As cleanup workers in knee boots and yellow rain gear patrolled Malibu's beaches Monday in a bid to curtail damage from oil washing ashore, Mark Stephens prepared for the worst. "The official line is that this spill is no big deal. But I'm not buying that," said Stephens, who manages an apartment building near the Malibu Pier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1991 | MAURA DOLAN and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Oil that spilled into Santa Monica Bay from a ruptured pipeline during the weekend has been dispersed by stormy weather, making further cleanup unnecessary, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Tuesday. The officials said they did not detect any of the light, diesel-like oil mixture in the water or on beaches during an overflight of Santa Monica Bay on Tuesday morning. "Basically, the oil is not there anymore," said Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mark Kennedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1995
Rescuers on Wednesday plucked six people from a life raft after a 190-foot offshore supply carrier sank off Malibu. One man was treated for hypothermia, but the rest of the crew members were uninjured, a Coast Guard officials said. The Coast Guard received a Mayday call from the Long Beach-based American Heritage about 12:10 a.m., said Petty Officer Randy Reid. The caller reported "flooding in the engine room," Reid said, adding that it was unknown what caused the leak.
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October 28, 1991 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Coast Guard cutters and helicopters searched the waters between Long Beach and Santa Catalina Island on Sunday for three people who were aboard a 65-foot pleasure boat that caught fire about 20 miles off the Long Beach coast. The missing people--identified only as a 45-year-old man, a 35-year-old woman and an 8-year-old boy--are all from Van Nuys, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1991
Appeals to the U.S. Coast Guard to close an offshore oil terminal at El Segundo in the wake of last weekend's Santa Monica Bay spill mounted Thursday as state Controller Gray Davis joined nine members of Congress in urging the shutdown. Davis, who sits on the State Lands Commission, which oversees oil and gas development near the coast, said Saturday's spill of 21,000 gallons of an oily fuel mixture demonstrates a need for tighter safety measures.
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August 30, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Navy submarine that accidentally sank a tugboat just outside Los Angeles Harbor last spring probably would have avoided the disaster--in which the tug's pilot was killed--had the crew used its "active" sonar before surfacing, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.
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April 25, 1994 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A brief but energetic cold front blew through Southern California on Sunday, leaving up to a half-foot of snow on local mountains and injuring 15 people when a wave broke a window on a Catalina cruise vessel. The storm forced cancellation of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in rural San Bernardino County, sending visitors at the open-air event running for their cars to get away from the wind, rain and pea-sized hail.
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October 28, 1991 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Coast Guard cutters and helicopters searched the waters between Long Beach and Santa Catalina Island on Sunday for three people who were aboard a 65-foot pleasure boat that caught fire about 20 miles off the Long Beach coast. The missing people--identified only as a 45-year-old man, a 35-year-old woman and an 8-year-old boy--are all from Van Nuys, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND
City officials reopened a half-mile stretch of beach Wednesday that was closed after a freighter spewed carbon soot along the shoreline, blackening the interior of 30 seaside homes. The beach had been closed since Tuesday while environmental crews scoop up patches of stained sand. On Wednesday, the cleanup effort continued as crews hired by the ship's operator worked throughout the day to remove the thick black powder from residences with stained furniture, walls and carpets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1991 | MARLA CONE and THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A half-mile stretch of beach was closed Tuesday after a freighter anchored off Long Beach "blew its stacks," spewing carbon soot that blackened the shoreline and soiled the interiors of about 40 oceanfront homes Monday night. By Tuesday afternoon, most of the black silt that washed ashore south of Seal Beach Pier had been shoveled up by a team of 100 cleanup workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1991
Appeals to the U.S. Coast Guard to close an offshore oil terminal at El Segundo in the wake of last weekend's Santa Monica Bay spill mounted Thursday as state Controller Gray Davis joined nine members of Congress in urging the shutdown. Davis, who sits on the State Lands Commission, which oversees oil and gas development near the coast, said Saturday's spill of 21,000 gallons of an oily fuel mixture demonstrates a need for tighter safety measures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1991 | MAURA DOLAN and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Oil that spilled into Santa Monica Bay from a ruptured pipeline during the weekend has been dispersed by stormy weather, making further cleanup unnecessary, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Tuesday. The officials said they did not detect any of the light, diesel-like oil mixture in the water or on beaches during an overflight of Santa Monica Bay on Tuesday morning. "Basically, the oil is not there anymore," said Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mark Kennedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1990 | DEAN MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A preliminary investigation into the grounding Thursday of an Exxon oil tanker in Long Beach Harbor points to pilot error as the cause of the mishap, a Coast Guard spokesman said Saturday. "It appears the pilot took the vessel north out of the anchorage instead of east to the main channel," said Lt. Steve Danscuk. "That appears to have been the cause of the accident."
NEWS
March 26, 1990 | LINDA CHONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two ship workers were hospitalized Sunday after being exposed to a flammable chemical that leaked from a large tank aboard a ship in San Pedro. A container of acetonitrile weighing almost 16 tons was being offloaded from the tanker Ming Ocean early Sunday morning when it fell onto the ship's deck and cracked open, U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Beth Hoeferkamp said. An unknown amount of the chemical, a colorless, moderately toxic industrial solvent, was spilled into the harbor, Hoeferkamp said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1991 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As cleanup workers in knee boots and yellow rain gear patrolled Malibu's beaches Monday in a bid to curtail damage from oil washing ashore, Mark Stephens prepared for the worst. "The official line is that this spill is no big deal. But I'm not buying that," said Stephens, who manages an apartment building near the Malibu Pier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1991 | MAURA DOLAN and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Oil from a weekend pipeline spill in Santa Monica Bay washed up along 3 1/2 miles of Malibu beaches Monday, permeating the well-heeled surfside community with the stench of petroleum. "You can smell it before you see it," said California Coastal Commissioner Madelyn Glickfeld, a Malibu resident. "The smell is absolutely overpowering." Cleanup efforts were halted late Monday afternoon as winds of up to 25 knots made it unsafe for small boats to remain at sea.
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