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Ala Wai channel stays open as crews salvage sunken sailboat

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:34 p.m. HST, Oct 25, 2012

The state began salvage operations this morning to remove the remains of a 25-foot sailboat that sank earlier this week in the Ala Wai channel near Magic Island.

Meghan Statts, Oahu district manager of the State Boating Division, said the entire vessel is in pieces.

A portion of the mast can be seen above the waves, but it is longer attached to the boat.

Divers on Wednesday attached a buoy to mark the location of the mast.

The channel is open, but boaters and other craft are advised to use caution in the area, Statts said.

Salvage operations, which will involve three vessels, should only take a day.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will bill the owner of the vessel — Kevin Ogino — for the salvage effort.

The boat was last seen illegally moored off Magic Island Monday afternoon.

Statts said the boat's owner had been cited Oct. 18 and was warned that the vessel was going to be impounded because he had failed to pay mooring fees at Keehi Small Boat Harbor.

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peanutgallery wrote:
DLNR Harbors division is run like the Keystone cops. It's a joke. All of our small boat harbors are in a state of disrepair with expenditures that are absurd. He'eia Kea employs enough full-time workers to take care of every harbor on Oahu, but they all work at the Kaneohe Harbor. Our tax dollars at work, being dumped down the drain. Keehi has been under construction for years. It's a model of how not to do business. Typical for DLNR. Whether we have Thielen trying to sue the Navy, or Aila, the Department desperately needs capable help. Our environment and our recreation demand it. Hawaii citizens should accept no less.
on October 25,2012 | 03:33PM
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