The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation is preparing to carry out an emergency salvage removal of a 40-foot-long sailboat which ran aground on the reef off the Old Kona Airport County park.
It ran aground at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The expedited action is to prevent further damage to the reef.
The owner of the 40-foot-long SEAQUEL out of California did not have vessel insurance and cannot afford to pay for salvage.
Boating officials expected to receive scope of work and proposals from vendors for review Tuesday afternoon by DLNR aquatic, historic preservation and County Parks and Recreation personnel. Removal of the vessel may begin as early as Wednesday.
DLNR will work with Cates Marine Service to remove the vessel and dismantle it on land. Full mobilization could be underway by Thursday morning, depending on the surf conditions.