Fishing vessel Martha Jane on the shoreline in Santa Barbara.
A sailor who suffered a serious head laceration was taken to the hospital Wednesday evening after his lobster fishing boat, the Martha Jane, ran aground below the Mesa in Santa Barbara. Credit: (Peter Hartmann / Noozhawk photo)

A sailor who suffered a serious head laceration was taken to the hospital Wednesday evening after his lobster-fishing boat ran aground below the Mesa in Santa Barbara, according to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.

Only one person was aboard the 25-30-foot Martha Jane, which ended up on the shoreline below Mesa Lane, fire Battalion Chief Jim McCoy told Noozhawk.

The man, whose name was not available, suffered moderate injuries, and was taken by AMR ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, McCoy said. Details on his condition were not available.

The details of the incident were unclear, McCoy said, but the man apparently became trapped somewhere on board, and was unable to control the vessel.

Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol boats and U.S. Coast Guard helicopter were monitoring the boat prior to its grounding at about 5:40 p.m., McCoy said.

A witness, who asked not to be identified, said he found the boat on the sand, being battered by the surf, with the prop still running.

The captain was trapped in the fish well by a 4-by-4-foot ice box, the witness told Noozhawk.

First responders at scene where boat ran aground in Santa Barbara.
First-responders on scene at Mesa Lane in Santa Barbara Wednesday night after a lobster fishing boat, the Martha Jane, ran aground below the Mesa in Santa Barbara. The captain suffered a serious head injury. Credit: (Peter Hartmann / Noozhawk photo)

The vessel, which is based at the Santa Barbara Harbor, remained on the shoreline Wednesday night, with some 100 gallons of diesel fuel on board, McCoy said, adding that plans were being made to salvage the boat and its equipment.

Check back with Noozhawk for updates to this story.

Man looking at fishing boat Martha Jane on the shore in Santa Barbara.
A sailor who suffered a serious head laceration was taken to the hospital Wednesday evening after his lobster fishing boat, the Martha Jane, ran aground below the Mesa in Santa Barbara. Credit: (Contributed photo)
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Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at tbolton@noozhawk.com.