State Department of Land and Natural Resources officials say two boats grounded on opposites sides of Oahu this week were still there on Thursday.
A 36-foot vessel went aground on rocks just off a Waianae beach on Monday, Nov. 5. The owner told the Division of Board and Ocean Recreation Oahu District staff that he had no vessel insurance and was hoping to remove it. The owner was in discussion with a marine salvage company on a removal plan.
State officials posted a notice on the boat to inform the owner that he has until 11 a.m. Friday or the state will take control of it.
In Kaneohe Bay, A 40-foot Coast Guard-documented wooden hull sampan named "Boom Boom" went aground at around midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 7. on the reef near the Ahu O Laka sandbar. It came from the Ko Olina marina. The owner had been planning to obtain a temporary mooring permit in anchorage area "B" of the bay. There was no vessel insurance.
State officials found that the hull was listing to one side and was flooded. The vessel was aground on living coral in close proximity to an area used for marine tourism. The vessel has twin diesel engines and was carry about 30 gallons of diesel fuel.
On Thursday, state officials posted a notice on the vessel to inform the owner that he has until 11 a.m. Friday to remove the vessel. There was reportedly between 30 and 70 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel.
Then, the U.S. Coast Guard received a call from the previous owner of the vessel, which was Boom Boom Sportfishing, LLC. It was concerned because it wasn't paid monies for the vessel when they originally sold the vessel. The buyer allegedly sold it again to the current owner who had not yet registered or documented the vessel. There may be a lien on the boat by the company. The current owner claims to not have the means to pay for salvage removal. The state is prepared to step in to protect the reef and get the vessel removed by obtaining bids from salvage companies.