Three of the 26 passengers were injured on impact
BY PAT McDONELL
OXNARD — The sportfisher Seabiscuit, based at Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard arrived home safely from at Anacapa Island early Monday morning after it rammed the island on a fishing trip just after midnight.
THE SEABISCUIT, based at Channel Island, owned by Capt. Bob Valney.
The Oxnard Fire Department reported to WON that it responded to a distress call from the boat soon after it hit the island and became lodged at the bow at about 12:26 a.m. Two Oxnard lifeguards who are also paramedics joined a Coast Guard vessel, the Blacktip, and its crew to race the 45 minutes to the island.
The Seabiscuit, owned for more than 20 years by Capt. Bob Valney, struck the island at what passengers estimated as a cruising speed of 10 knots. It was backed off, and slowly headed pack to port and was met 30 minutes later by the Coast Guard cutter Blacktip.
According to Oxnard Fire Department Battalion Chief Sergio Martinez said three of the 26 passengers reported injuries from the impact and were taken to a local hospital. One complained of a neck injury, and two reported leg injuries. One man, who called WON and asked not to named, said he broke his leg and foot and sustained compressed vertebrae. The other two people had neck fractures from the impact as they lay in their bunks. Since the story was first posted, one reader said the impact upon hitting the island at cruising speed was "violent."
It is not known at this time why the boat struck the island on the fishing trip.
According to Battalion Chief Martinez, the ship suffered some bow damage and slowly made its way under its own power back to Oxnard and was back at port by 3:18 a.m.
THE SEABISCUIT back at the dock.