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The 65 foot schooner sailing vessel "Ingomar" sunk off Morro Bay, CA and is salvaged here Tuesday 28 April 2009 | by mikebaird
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The 65 foot schooner sailing vessel "Ingomar" sunk off Morro Bay, CA and is salvaged here Tuesday 28 April 2009

Update: Per the NRC, the caller is reporting a potential discharge from a sinking vessel in the Pacific Ocean. The USCG has pulled the vessel owner from the sinking vessel. About 350 gallons of diesel fuel is still on board the vessel. Ship name is Ingomar. Ship number is OR-569723. 65ft Pleasure Craft.

Replaced incorrect spelling Ingolmar with the correct spelling Ingomar (update 24 May 2009)

The 65 foot schooner sailing vessel "Ingolmar" sinks off Morro Bay, CA 27 April 2009. Salvage of the 65 foot schooner sailing vessel "Ingolmar" which first took on water late afternoon Sunday 26 April 2009, about 15 miles northwest off the coast of Morro Bay, CA, near Cambria, CA, and lost its keel, started to submerge. After about three and a half hours the crew of six people were rescued by the Morro Bay Coast Guard's two 47-foot motor life boats from Station Morro Bay, and an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles. As of 7PM Monday 27 April 2009, Ingomar was stuck on a sandbar offshore of Azure and Easter Streets in Morro Bay. It was reported to be carrying approximately 350 gallons of fuel. The vessel was anchored by a rescue barge from Associated Pacific with a dry-suited man who can be seen in one of my photos standing on the stern attaching a line. The anchor failed to hold the craft at sea by the next morning. The vessel’s owner contracted with Patriot Environmental Services, an environmental response firm, to mitigate any potential harm in the event any of the fuel is released into the water or shoreline. The Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response established a Unified Command to oversee the situation. The vessel washed up on the beach on Tuesday morning 28 April 2009. Disassembly was started early morning at low tide. As a result a long section of Morro Strand State Beach was closed to all pedestrian traffic from the Cloisters north of the Morro Bay High School to Route 41 entrance just north of Morro Rock. Heavy equipment was put to work removing debris that was strewn along a quarter-mile length of beach. Photos by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com,; On 27 April 2009: Canon 1D Mark III, Canon 600mm f/4 IS with circular polarizer, on sturdy tripod. On 28 April 2009: Canon 1D Mark III, 70-200mm f/2.8 IS handheld, circular polarizer.


Update: See photos from Russell who was on this ship when it went down -


Update 24 May 2009. ohsurll Russell, at you said "I was on the Ingomar when it went down , I have photos of the the Coast Guard saving us...."

Thanks for posting that note - we are glad everyone was safe. Your photos at really complement my Ingomar set at

I noticed that the spelling I had from news reports was incorrect now (I used Ingolmar, and your image at shows it clearly to be Ingomar - I'll correct all my captions). Cheers. mike [at} mikebaird d o t com


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