Wrecked vessels litter Naval Base Coronado after storm

Wrecked vessels litter Naval Base Coronado after storm


SAN DIEGO — Several more boats litter the shore at Naval Base Coronado after this week’s powerful storm, making it more than a dozen wrecked vessels that are going unclaimed on the federal character.

SkyFOX flew above San Diego Bay to show 13 boats dotting the base’s beach in various states of disrepair.

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A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson confirmed to FOX 5 that several of the vessels were new wrecks from Tuesday’s blustery weather system. USCG had at the minimum one report of a boater who got into trouble on the water off San Diego during the storm, but said they were able to make it to safety and get medical attention.

Navy spokesperson Kevin Dixon told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the wrecked boats on base had likely anchored at sea at the Zuniga Jetty Shoal, a shallow identify nearby that’s often used by people who live on their boats. When boats are left there unoccupied during winter storms, they can wreck on base, Dixon explained.

He estimated half-a-dozen of the boats visible on shore had come ashore during the storm. Others had been there longer, including one buried in sand.

One of more than a dozen wrecked boats on shore at Naval Base Coronado on Dec. 15, 2021. Some, like this one buried in sand, have been there for weeks or months. (Photo: Malik Earnest/SkyFOX)

The Navy’s legal department has 45 days to try to find the owners of the boats to determine next steps, the U-T reports. If an owner can’t be found, then the military will have to dismantle and remove the boats at a cost of approximately $20,000 a piece, Dixon said.

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