Travel hold placed on leaky ship in Long Beach harbor

first_imgBy Kristopher Hanson STAFF WRITER Days after a leaky tall ship full of schoolchildren limped back into the Port of Long Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard has placed a travel ban on the battered boat while it gets fixed. The source of the leak, which flooded the 130-foot American Pride with enough water to prompt an emergency call to rescuers Friday afternoon, was a weak seal in the hull above the waterline. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe ship began taking on water about midway between Catalina Island and Long Beach, though it wasn’t in danger of sinking, rescuers said. The boat was returning from a five-day field trip to Catalina Island with 35 ninth-graders from Poly High School in Pasadena when operators noticed water accumulating in the hull. The leak is described as a minor problem, but Coast Guard inspectors decided to place the 66-year-old wooden boat on hold until it is repaired and reinspected. “The hold basically prevents the vessel from leaving harbor with any passengers until it’s repaired,” said Coast Guard Lt. Andrew Munoz on Monday. “If it was taken out, there could be penalties.” American Pride Capt. Greg Clinton said repairs are planned in coming days. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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