SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After a Christmas evening storm and high surf Thursday morning a broken boat on Santa Barbara's Leadbetter beach has been cleaned up by Marborg Industries.
The boat was shattered by wave action and multiple impacts on the shore.
Debris was found from the breakwater wall to the bluffs below Shoreline Park.
Brian Borgatello with Marborg was in touch with the city about a cleanup plan due to the risks involved in a fractured vessel on the beach. Already there were splintered pieces of wood all over, along with a refrigerator, electronics and paints.
Some citizens had already started helping with the cleanup to prevent the broken pieces on the sand from getting washed back into the surf. City crews had a skip loader dumping some piles into a large trash bin.
Friday afternoon at low tide, Marborg brought out heavy equipment to break apart the boat and scoop up the debris. Crew members also walked the beach to pick up the remaining boat pieces. That reduced risks to the environment and the public on the sand. It also makes for safe water activities for those in the surfline such as kite surfers, swimmers and kayakers.
A second boat on East beach was in better condition and the owner was hoping to salvage it with special equipment when the tides were appropriate for the move.