SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UPDATE Sunday, Nov. 25 4:45 p.m.: The U.S. Coast Guard confirms one crew member died and another was seriously injured on board the tanker ship Linus P which is anchored about a mile off the coast of Santa Barbara’s Harbor.
Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol got a call about a medical emergency early Saturday morning. A Harbor Patrol officer went to the tanker and transported two crew workers to shore.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, one crew member on the vessel fell into an empty tank. Medical personnel on board administered CPR, but the victim was unresponsive and later died. A second crew member was seriously hurt and transported to the hospital.
The victims have not been identified.
The incident is under investigation and the vessel has been ordered to stay put until it’s resolved.
UPDATE: Saturday November 23, 2018 – The Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol has confirmed it assisted in the recovery of two bodies from an oil tanker that made an emergency stop Saturday morning. The circumstances of the deaths are not known.
An oil tanker has been docked in nearshore Santa Barbara waters since 3:26 a.m. Saturday and witnesses say law enforcement authorities were called to the harbor launch ramp at 6 a.m.
Details have not been fully released.
Maritime information shows the Linus P tanker, left the Long Beach Harbor Friday about 4:30 p.m.
Normally these vessels stay in specific shipping lanes, and often outside of the Santa Barbara Channel for safety purposes, environmentally and to avoid the whale population off the Channel Islands.
At dawn, it was sighted off Stearns Wharf.
After that, one witness told NewsChannel 3 there were multiple police units called to the harbor, including the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s office.
No further details were immediately known. We will update this story when new information becomes available.