Coast Guard investigates dinner cruise ship grounding near Lahaina Harbor

45 Foot Response Boat Medium

USCG file photo

HONOLULU – The Coast Guard is investigating the grounding of a passenger vessel in the vicinity of Lahaina Harbor, Maui at approximately 9 p.m. Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu were notified at approximately 7:30 p.m. that the crew of the Spirit of Lahaina, a 65-foot catamaran carrying 60 passengers, was navigating the vessel out from its harbor for a dinner cruise when it ran aground at approximately 5:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported and a Good Samaritan vessel evacuated all passengers. No pollution was observed as a result of the grounding.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Maui responded aboard a 45-foot Response Boat Medium and arrived on scene to monitor the situation.

An investigator from Coast Guard Marine Safety Team Maui is on scene.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

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