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Monday, January 23, 2006
Fourth Sardine Seiner Sinks
My husband, Steve, reported the sad news that yet again, another squid seiner sank last night. It rolled over after taking a big wave over the bow. The sea conditions were dangerous with a Santa Ana wind sending gusts of 60 Knots into the fleet bucking their way into San Pedro. Steve and our F/V Papa George were near Cat Harbor, the West side of Catalina Island. They didn 't leave for San Pedro until 4 or 5 am. The worst weather occurred in the very early morning hours.
The "Chovy Clipper" has fished many years out of San Pedro. Last night was the worst nightmare for her owner and crew. No one was lost, but jobs are gone and a small business is in big trouble. The boat was hit by the worst weather and a breaking wave over the bow flooded the deck causing lethal instability.
I was glad to hear Steve ran into town with all the scuppers open.

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