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Grounded tanker freed off Harbor Isle
BULLETIN
A large ocean-going fleet tug pulled the Navy tanker Guadalupe  free of mud
bank off Harbor Island 1:00 PM today after the tanker had been trapped
there  for more than six hours.
It was moved to North Island Naval air station pier where it will be checked
for hull damage.
 
By FRANK SALDANA

A Navy fleet tanker carrying 4 million gallons  of oil  ran aground in the soft mud of Harbor Island today.
Officers said the bow of the 35,000 ton Guadalupe was stuck in the mud about 200 yards off the island.
The tanker skippered by Cmdr. Richard T. Colley entered the bay to pick up observers from the Fleet Training
Group to oversee offshore training exercises for engineers on the ship.
Navy Lt. Ernest Loos Spokesman for Fleet service Group 1 here said none of the ships 275 crewmen were injured
nor was there any damage to the tankers hull.
He said there was no oil leakage from the tanker and that divers had been down to inspect the Long Beach based ship
top determine how it went aground.
Loos said the tide was running  extremely low when the ship went aground at about 7:30 a.m. while attempting a left turn. A navy civil service harbor pilot was on board at the time.
Several fuel barges were dispatched to off load the oil.  Laos said.
Members of the Navy's oil-pollution team were standing by in the event of a spill
Loos said the barges were to unload about 500,000 gallons of fuel oil to lighten the tanker
He said the operation is being directed by Lt. Cmdr. K. B. Masa who has been designed as the on site
commander to help dislodge the Guadalupe.
Capt. C. R. Anderson Chief of staff for the service group, has been named to head an inquiry into the
grounding of the tanker Loos said.
The tanker has been operating here for 4 days as a part of annual refresher training, the spokesman said.
He said an attempt was made at 5 p.m. - high tide - to get the Guadalupe off the mud bottom.
The first Navy tugs were unsuccessful in initial efforts to dislodge the ship.
Spectators gathered along Harbor Island to watch the tugs attempt to dislodge the tanker. Sounds of
hammers chipping paint on board the ship could be heard, indicating the ships daily routine continued

                             (San Diego Union Times)