Coast Guard, State of Hawaii respond to grounded sailboat on Oahu

Petty Officer 3rd Class David Sellman, a marine science technician with Sector Honolulu, and Adam Teekell, a responder from the State of Hawaii Department of Health, assess the grounded sailing vessel Kuuliealoha II off Makapu’u Beach, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2019. No injuries were reported because of the grounding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joe McCollum/Released)

Petty Officer 3rd Class David Sellman, a marine science technician with Sector Honolulu, and Adam Teekell, a responder from the State of Hawaii Department of Health, assess the grounded sailing vessel Kuuliealoha II off Makapu’u Beach, Hawaii, Sept. 14, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joe McCollum)

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Hawaii State representatives are responding to the grounded 41-foot recreational sailing vessel Kuuliealoha II near Makapu’u Beach, Saturday.

There is currently no observed sheen or pollution impact at this time. Coast Guard pollution responders have assessed the scene and continue to monitor the situation.

At the time of the grounding, there was reportedly 20 gallons of diesel fuel, one gallon of lube oil and two marine batteries aboard the vessel. The maximum fuel capacity for the sailing vessel is 200 gallons of diesel fuel.

The owner is working with the Hawaii State Division of Aquatic Resources, Hawaii Department of Health: Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER), Hawaii County Division of Boating and Recreation and a private salvor to remove the vessel.

At 11:38 p.m., Friday, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from the Honolulu Fire Dispatch stating the Kuuliealoha II was aground near Makapu’u Beach. The Honolulu Fire Department and Honolulu County Police Department first responders arrived on the scene a determined there were no injuries.

Coast Guard pollution responders were dispatched to assess the situation. Both fuel tanks aboard the vessel are missing because of the grounding. The vessel does not present a hazard to navigation.

The weather on-scene is reportedly winds of 17 mph and seas up to 3 feet.


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