DANA POINT (CBSLA) — The effort to rescue the teaching ship Pilgrim from sinking ran aground Thursday.
The Pilgrim at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor keeled over last week and is now sinking. The U.S. Coast Guard sent divers into the water to try and stabilize the iconic ship, which has been used as a classroom for students and visitors for decades.READ MORE: LA County Reports 2,253 New COVID-19 Cases, 119 Deaths; Residents Urged To Avoid Spring Break Travel
But the divers were pulled out of the water when the ship began making creaking noises.READ MORE: Cold Weather Alert Extended For Antelope Valley Through Monday
The rescue crew is now using a crane to lift the keel.MORE NEWS: Granada Hills Junk House: 'Hoarders' TV Show, City, LAPD Get Involved As Junk Remains Piled In Yard Of Granada Hills Home
Ocean Institute had been raising money for maintenance, but the ship is now beyond repair.