On her way home from the Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Moss Beach resident and San Mateo County Harbor District candidate Sabrina Brennan came across the 45-foot fishing boat that ran aground on a reef in Ross’ Cove near the Mavericks surf break.
Here are some photos Brennan took of the fishing vessel, the Fjord Queen II, which was loaded with wild Albacore tuna and lodged on the rocks at Pillar Point.
When she arrived the captain, Barry Day, and his crew of friends, were working hard to assist in the cleanup. The Coast Guard, together with personnel from the Department of Fish and Game and the San Mateo County Park Rangers, also successfully removed 240 gallons of diesel from the vessel to prevent pollution from the wreck.
“After being given a fish, I tied my red silk scarf around the tail of the tuna, hiked up the bluff to my bike and hooked it over my right handlebar,” Brennan wrote later in a blog post about the experience. “…Hopefully the capsized vessel can be salvaged.”
The Half Moon Bay Review reports that Day is trying to figure out how he can salvage the boat and fish again since his boat appears to be completely wrecked, and he has no insurance.
It may just be a salvage operation now since the boat is still lodged on the reef and getting bashed up on the rocks.
"Barry is a really good person and his fishing boat was one of the nicest at Pillar Point Harbor," said Brennan. "It's very tragic that he lost his boat."