USCG, State Team to Remove Sunken Vessel in Hawaii

The U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Hawaii and a vessel owner have been working together to remove a recreational vessel that sank Saturday night in Hawaii Kai.

Sector Honolulu watch standers were alerted about the sunken vessel, which was leaking fuel into the canal. An absorbent boom was used by Hawaii Kai Marina Patrol to stop the fuel spill from spreading.

“The Coast Guard is committed to ocean safety and preservation,” said Chief Warrant Officer Russell Strathern, from Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Mitigating the pollution threat and assessing impact is our priority and we are working closely with the state and responsible party throughout the process.”

The vessel owner’s insurance company also responded to the incident, working to curb the environmental impact and prepare the vessel for salvage Tuesday, the agency said.

By Sarah Spangler