Coast Guard proposes tsunami safe zones planUPDATED 7:45 PM HST May 29, 2013Video Transcript
Chaos. That's how many people describe what its like when hundreds of boats head out to sea during a tsunami alert. KITV4's Catherine Cruz has the latest on how the Coast Guard proposes to get some order in Honolulu Harbor. Alan 38: 35-35: 38 - "It really turns into a zoo. Its kind of every man for himself" This mariner says harbors become a free-for-all during a tsunami warning. People want out! They've seen what the surges can do. Now the coast guard is trying to restore order.. proposing voluntary tsunami evacuation zones on either side of Honolulu Harbor. - Scott 1: 53 - 2:00 "We are creating two staging areas just ouside of the harbor the east side would be for the recreational vessels, the west side for commercial vessels," CRUZ 31:23 31: 36 or CRUZ 39:49 - 39: 56 The Coast Guard realizes this may be a problem for boaters here at Keehi who may want to head toward Diamond Head but would have cross in the path of larger commercial vessels" Alan McConnell, isn't sure how mariners will respond to the proposed rules. - Alan McConnell 35: 32 - 35:43 -"As long as are off shore and away from shallow water I dont think where we go is so important, as we are aware which traffic is going where" 36:28- " I think its more important for the commercial vessels they need deeper water and they are dangerous. They can run over a sailboat and not even know it" Whaley says the rules of the water will still apply in the exclusion zone. Mariners will have to get on the radio and establish who will cross in front of whom. Whaley says this would be a first... she knows of no other port where tsunami evacuation zones have been designated. Scott 8:25 - 8: 39 - "The reason to get everyone out is to miniminze the damage to the harbor. If we have vessels and they strike each other and sink then it shuts off the harbor. Honolulu harbor is the lifeline for all the Hawaiian Islands" The rules also include aplan for orderly plan for getting back into Honolulu Harbor. Once the all clear has been sounded. - scott 2:54 - 3:03 -" We can't have all the vessels come in at one time. Some need tugs so we dont have all the vessels to do at one time, so they would have to bring one in make sure they are moored and then bring the next one in." The plan calls for coast guard boats to be out on the water helping to shepard the vessels back in. The public comment period on the proposed safety zones ends on June 14th. Barring any major changes it may take a few months before the rules will take effect.