LONG BEACH (CBS) — Authorities are working to tow a sinking boat to shore and find out who is the owner of the “derelict” vessel.

The 40-foot boat was seen about 7 a.m. a short distance from shore, Matthew Dobberpuhl of the Long Beach Fire Department said.

The boat is a transient vessel – meaning, it was basically parked in that location – but it began taking on water and sinking Wednesday morning, according to the Coast Guard.

Crews have stabilized the boat, anchoring it offshore, and a hazardous-materials team was dispatched to clean up a small amount of fuel that spilled into the water, Dobberpuhl said.

No one is aboard the boat, he said.


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