A 50-foot vessel that partially sank off the Santa Cruz County coast after a fire Saturday morning was successfully towed back to shore before any environmental damage could be caused by leaking oil or fuel.
Coast Guard officials said today that there was no "sheening" at the scene of Saturday's rescue, indicating that no fuel or oil had leaked into the water and no environmental damage had occurred.
The Coast Guard was called to the vicinity of Four Mile Beach at 8:56 a.m.
There were two Fish and Wildlife workers on board at the time of the fire and explosion. They were in the vicinity to check on nearby fishing boats. A good Samaritan pulled them out of the water, Coast Guard officials
They were transferred to a Coast Guard vessel before being taken to Santa Cruz for medical evaluation, according to Coast Guard officials.