By CBSLA Staff

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The passing winter storm sank a riverboat off the coast of Long Beach as passersby noticed debris wash ashore.

“It was slowly sinking, rocking back and forth,” said Hank, a spectator. 

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The coast guard was first notified about the sinking vessel, named the Newport Princess, around 9 a.m. The vessel was typically used for parties and other events. Officials suspect rough waters from the storm caused the 61-foot, three-story riverboat to sink near White Island. 

Pictures snapped by Long Beach Post photographer Brandon Richardson showed that most of the vessel was submerged before nightfall.

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Numerous items from the Newport Princess, such as life jackets, chairs washed up onto the shore. 

“There’s a whole banquet set out there,” said Johnny, another spectator. “Believe me there’s a whole lot of debris out there… They’ve already been out here with a tractor to pick up a whole load one time and now it’s filled again with more stuff. 

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According to the Coast Guard, there were no injuries and the owner of the Newport Princess was able to get off safely.