At 0625 the M/V PACBARONESS reported to Coast Guard MSO/Group
LA-LB that they had collided with the M/V ATLANTIC WING
in position 34° 21 N 120° 45 W. The bow of the M/V ATLANTIC
WING struck the M/V PACBARONESS in the starboard side.
The collision left the M/V ATLANTIC WING with a gash in
the bow about 6 feet above the waterline. The gash extended from
the bow to the collision bulkhead, a distance of approximately
12 feet. The M/V PACBARONESS was holed in the starboard
side below the waterline. No personnel injuries were reported.
At 0630 the M/V PACBARONESS reported that the vessel was
sinking. At 0642 the crew abandoned ship. All personnel were taken
aboard the M/V ATLANTIC WING. CG 1407 piloted by LT KISVARDY
arrived on scene at 0803 and immediatley assessed the situation.
They found that all weather deck hatches were left open. LT KISVARDY
used the aircraft's hoist to lower his co-pilot to the M/V PACBARONESS.
His co-pilot closed all of the water-tight hatches and ventilation
intakes he could find. He was then hoisted back aboard CG 1407
so the helicopter could leave the area to refuel.
The vessels on scene observed a light sheen of oil trailing from
the M/V PACBARONESS in the early afternoon. CG 1407 returned
to Long Beach to pick up three passengers, a pollution investigator
and a marine investigator from MSO/Group LA-LB and one public
affairs specialist from District 11 (dpa). They arrived back on
scene and saw that the situation had deteriorated. The stern of
the M/V PACBARONESS was awash and it appeared that it would
sink at any time. 1607 Tug ARTHUR S released the tow. 1618 M/V
PACBARONESS sank in position 34-21N 120-38.7. 1740 OIL
observed bubbling up from the site. (USCG Marine Safety Office