Boat aground in Waikiki waters could be moved soon

Published  4:06 PM HST Sep 23, 2013
HONOLULU -

A 30-foot-long sailing vessel that ran aground in waters off Waikiki Friday night could be moved by Monday night or on Tuesday, according to the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The vessel ran aground about 100-feet from shore at the beach across from Kapiolani Park.

The owner of the boat was given until noon Sunday to get the vessel off of the reef.  The boat owner tried to move the vessel during high tide with the help of friends but was unsuccessful.

The Hawai'i Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation hired Parker Marine, who removed the mast and some rigging from the vessel Sunday night.  The company is working to obtain a right of entry from the city  to remove the vessel from the beach.

The vessel needs to be moved when there are no people in the area.  During the daytime, there have been too many people in the area.

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