Coast Guard assists sinking vessel off Maui

MAUI, Hawaii – A U.S. Coast Guard member from Coast Guard Marine Safety Team (MST), Maui responded to a partially-sunken vessel at Pier 14 in Lahaina Harbor, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a report at approximately 4:45 a.m., Thursday that the 37- foot fishing vessel, No Problem, was taking on water shortly after getting underway. The operator immediately returned to the pier, moored and disembarked all passengers.

Petty Officer 1st Class Ian Johnson, a pollution investigator from MST Maui, arrived on scene at 5:40 a.m. and assessed any possible pollution threat. The owners reported approximately 110 gallons of diesel fuel aboard. Boom was immediately placed around the vessel as a preventative measure.

Mooring lines were made up at the pier to prevent the vessel from completely sinking and two water pumps were used to remove the excess water.

“The vessel has been refloated and it’s in stable condition now,” said Johnson.

The Coast Guard will continue to monitor this situation throughout the day while working with a local salvage company to determine the hull’s integrity. No injuries were reported.

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