High surf causes damage of boats in West Maui

Vessel break off of moorings

Published  10:32 PM HST May 17, 2013
LAHAINA, Hawaii -

Two boats destroyed, and one smashed still out in sea. Witnesses said all three boats broke loose from their moorings during a large set of waves Friday morning in Maui.

The high surf in Lahaina that battered the vessels, "Best Revenge," "Caribou III" and "Triple play" had residents and workers in the area shocked.

"It was such a  massive set never seen anything like it no one even talked we were just like whoa and it broke on a wave, and the two boats broke back to back waves and swept off and broke off it was pretty amazing," said Blair Anderson.

Witnesses said the waves that took the boats were about 12 feet high. The Maui Fire Department found that luckily no one was on the boats at the time of the accidents. Lifeguards on the island said they are being proactive, and trying to spread the word on just how dangerous and large the swells are.

"We are making public announcements with our PA systems and really getting down and getting face to face with people making sure they are aware of the conditions," said Cameron Layer with Maui County Ocean Safety.

Lifeguards are also posting signs in the area to warn residents. No rescues of boaters or swimmers were required.

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