M/Y Attessa IV
collided with 65-foot sportfisher Prowler
on October 26 about nine miles off the coast of Imperial Beach, California, near the international maritime border. According to a U.S. Coast Guard press release
, the Coast Guard medevaced one critically injured passenger and rescued another 17 passengers, two more of which were hurt.
The crew of the 332-foot Attessa IV
contacted San Diego’s Joint Harbor Operations Center about 7:50 p.m. to report the collision. The Coast Guard report maintains that there was extensive damage to the sportfisher’s starboard quarter.
A Coast Guard helicopter and two boats were dispatched to the vessels, and the helicopter transported the critically injured passenger to University of California San Diego Medical Center. According to NBC 7 San Diego
, the passenger died Saturday morning.
Ten other passengers from the sportfisher were transferred to Attessa IV
and transported to San Diego, but the Prowler’s captain remained with the boat awaiting a commercial salvage boat.
Details and the cause of the collision remain under investigation.