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From page 1 miles out and said they had found a Boston Whaler," said Bray. The good sea-maritans brought the errant skiff back to Avalon Harbor. Bray reported there were no injuries or other emergency situ- ations. Just reports of a lot of boats "banging into each other" he said. The backside, or windward side, of the Island took much of the brunt. "It was unlike any- thing I've ever seen before," said life-long Islander J.J. Guion of Avalon Boat Stand. J.J. went around to Seal Rocks during the weather event and watched as colossal waves crashed into the rocks. "The waves were going 50 feet up the hillsides," he said. "There was no place for the seals to haul out." J.J. said that when they turned the corner at Church Rock they watched "full-on waves break- ing along the beach towards Salta Verde" At Campus By the Sea a mile north of Avalon, a center console skiff was destroyed in the mari- time maelstrom. "The (mooring) cleat was torn off, the outboard motor was ripped off and then it sank," said Eric Geerdes, Marine Facilities Operations Manager at the camp. Some of the worst damage to human-made _structures, _howev- er, occurred-at White's Landing. Shoreboat William reported that the surge went up and over the White's Landing pier. The chain securing the float to the end of the pier was severed and part of the pier's railing was destroyed. At Moonstone Beach, the surge took out some of the bricks and cast rocks and debris all the way up the stairs. "They lost about three or four skiffs" said William. "Just flipped them over." At the Balboa Yacht Club, the white-washed rocks that spell out the word "Balboa" were scattered into something unintelligible. As a testament to the power of the waves, William said a three- ton boulder was picked up by the sea at Pebbly Beach south of Avalon and carried nearly up to the Catalina Laundry facilities. By mid-week the waters around Catalina had largely calmed and harbor life on the briny deep was returning to normal. Bank building springs a leak BY JIM WATSON The term "liquid assets" took on a whole new meaning over the Fourth of July weekend as a fresh- water pipe in an apartment above the US Bank office on Crescent Avenue sprang a leak, soaking the bank's offices below. Also caught in the dousing were the offices of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce on the floor above the bank. It's not known exactly what Avalon Harbor, above, was rocked by the recent surge COnditions. Photo by Jim Watson time the leak began since the offices were empty for much of the holiday weekend, but it's believed to have begun Thursday evening or Friday. "We had some rain in here," said Bryce Noll, US Bank's Community Banker for the branch. "We just had some puddles and some of the teller stations got sprinkled," he said, adding that two keyboards had been dam- aged. "It was chaos on our busiest change day of the year." Noll was relieved that the leak was not from a salt water pipe, a scenario that could have created more damage in the form of cor- rosion. For decades, nearly all buildings in Avalon have had a separate salt-water plumbing sys- tem for use in toilets as a means of saving fresh water. Upstairs from the bank, the office of Chamber President wayrle Griffin took the lion's share of the dousing. Wayne's desk and the carpet around it were drenched and framed pic- tures on the wall were half-filled with water behind their protective glass plates. As of press time, there were no damage estimates available. Harbour Activity - June June gloom was unusually short lived in the mornings with only one day remaining overcast all day. The Tuna Club hosted a White ___Seabass Tournament the first Father's Day, falling on the second weekend of the month this year, is always a popular weekend as dads usually get to choose the weekend activities. The Del Rey Yacht Club visited with 12 boats, the Pacific Mariner's Yacht Club visited with 11 boats and the Weei~end of the month with sevL 'venture Yacht Club '(iiai'MrL~ibl'e eral boats participating, bringing sailboats) also visited. in some very nice fish. On June 20 at approximately 10:30 a.m. the harbor was advised of a vessel on fire approximately two miles off Avalon. Baywatch Avalon, City and County Fire as well as Avalon Harbor personnel responded. The two male occupants had escaDed without injury on a skiff that t:hey were towing how6ve'r~t~'e 38' vessel was fully engulfed in flames and sank on scene. 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