US Coast Guard Working on Vessel Aground in Hawaii

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard, the Department of Land and Natural Resources and contractor personnel are teaming up to respond to the removal of potential pollutants that may stem from a 63-foot fishing vessel that ran aground on Monday on rocks northwest of Hilo Harbor, Hawaii.

There are two marine batteries as well as up to 1,800 gallons of diesel aboard the Midway Island, a US-flagged vessel that was grounded after traveling from Los Angeles, Calif. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident.

Meanwhile, a safety zone that extends 100-yards in all directions from the source has been established. The agency is asking the public to steer clear.

By Sarah Spangler