Friday, January 23, 2009
The Coast Guard is investigating the near-collision of a commercial fishing vessel and a cruise ship in Los Angeles harbor's main channel. The Coast Guard says the 31-foot-long fishing vessel reportedly crossed within about 30 feet of the front of the inbound cruise ship Wednesday morning. The Coast Guard did not identify the vessels in a statement issued Thursday.Lt. Cmdr. John Hennigan says federal law prohibits vessels from coming within 200 yards in front and 100 yards behind or to the sides of a cruise ship that is under way. The Coast Guard says there have been several recent similar incidents in the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.