"We are hoping to get this vessel out before we have a real environmental disaster on our hands," Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Chief Executive Officer Jack Crider said on Friday.
said harbor district and sheriff's office officials plan to go out Thursday to attempt to pull the sailboat free -- hopefully before potentially hazardous materials onboard can leak into the bay and create a "serious environmental concern."
"We are really hoping the boat's fin is just stuck in the sand, and that once we tug on it that it will break free," he
"Regardless, this is something we need to deal with."
The sailboat has been "something of a problem child," Crider
said, adding that it had been drifting around the harbor for a couple of weeks before getting stuck.
said the boat had been kicked off both the city of Eureka and harbor district docks in the past for not paying the required fees.
It isn't unusual for the harbor district to have to haul out boats that have run aground, Crider
"Oh, I would say it happens about once or twice a year," he