The owner of a sailboat that ran aground at Pirate’s Cove last week has been arrested on unrelated charges.
According to Port San Luis Harbor Patrol officials, the boat’s owner, whose name has not been released, was arrested in San Luis Obispo and was still in custody as of Wednesday evening.
The wrecked boat was discovered on the morning of Tuesday, March 14. Officials said the boat anchored at the cove the previous night despite Harbor Patrol recommending against it due to an incoming storm.
The 30-foot vessel has since broken up against the rocks and Harbor Patrol says much of the debris has washed up onto the beach.
Officials say the environmental impact is minimal.
The boat’s owner has reportedly agreed to be responsible for the removal of the boat and its debris, which is expected to cost about $25,000.
Officials say the boat owner previously abandoned a boat on a rental dock in Santa Barbara. That boat was impounded and crushed.
Officials say the owner has several warrants out of other counties, as well.