Fires have continued to blaze in Southern California since November 8, forcing some residents to evacuate, and the Woolsey fire has burned over 90,000 acres around Thousand Oaks and Malibu, California, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. On November 13, 143-foot M/Y Leight Star, volunteers, and surfers set forth on a mission to deliver supplies to victims of the fire who stayed behind, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Bill Kerbox got a call the night before from her owner that she was ready to be deployed, and he took to social media for volunteers and supplies. Surfers met the yacht at sea to bring supplies to Malibu’s Paradise Cove. To notify people of their efforts and the distribution of supplies, they used #malibuhope.
M/Y Leight Star owner Howard Leight also owns Malibu Rocky Oaks winery with his son and spent Friday and Saturday fending off blazes at his vineyard and homes. The fire destroyed much of his vineyard, and when the threat passed, he wanted to give back.
The vessel was stocked with about 3,000 bottles of water, 100 gallons of fuel, shovels, snacks, dog food, and beer, Kerbox told The LA Times. Smaller boats were tied behind the yacht to help offload the supplies to shore, along with the surfers and kayakers who braved the choppy waters.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department watched to make sure volunteers were delivering supplies and not going any further inland. All the supplies successfully made it to land, which led to cheers among those involved.
Photo: Bill Kerbox on Instagram