Coast Guard says boat may be re­moved from reef to­day

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - Star-Ad­ver­tiser staff

Con­trac­tors con­tin­ued work Thurs­day to safely re­move fuel and other pol­lu­tants from a grounded 79-foot fish­ing ves­sel off Kaimana Beach in Waikiki — and the Coast Guard aims to have the en­tire craft re­moved from the area to­day.

The plan is to have the ves­sel, Pa­cific Par­adise, re­moved from the reef by 10 a.m., Coast Guard Chief Petty Of­fi­cer Amanda Levasseur said. Penco, an emer­gency re­sponse cleanup con­trac­tor, re­turned Thurs­day af­ter re­mov­ing 300 gal­lons of fuel Wed­nes­day from the Pa­cific Par­adise.

By Thurs­day af­ter­noon, of­fi­cials es­ti­mated 2,700 gal­lons of diesel, 55 gal­lons of lu­bri­cat­ing and hy­draulic oils and four marine bat­ter­ies re­mained aboard, ac­cord­ing to a Coast Guard re­lease. No pol­lu­tion from the Pa­cific Par­adise was sighted in the water or on shore, it added.

The Coast Guard set up a safety zone cir­cling the wreck to keep the pub­lic at least 500 yards away, the re­lease stated. An­other con­trac­tor, Cates Marine Ser­vice LLC, is to be­gin the sal­vage ef­forts once the fuel is re­moved, Levasseur said Thurs­day. That con­trac­tor plans to at­tempt to tow the stranded ves­sel off the reef.

Other agen­cies as­sist­ing in­clude the state Depart­ment of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, the Depart­ment of Health’s Hazard Eval­u­a­tion and Emer­gency Re­sponse di­vi­sion, and the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Coast Guard. The Pa­cific Par­adise is a U.S.-flagged ves­sel and part of the Hawaii long­line fleet home­ported in Honolulu, the re­lease said.

The Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Depart­ment res­cued 19 fish­er­men and the cap­tain from the fish­ing ves­sel af­ter they re­ceived re­ports that the ves­sel grounded about 400 yards from shore Tues­day night. No in­juries were re­ported.

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARAD­VER­TISER.COM

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Of­fi­cer Christo­pher Park looks out from the beach as the fish­ing ves­sel Pa­cific Par­adise sits stranded on the reef with sal­vage work con­tin­ued by crew on Thurs­day.

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