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Two boats run aground off Oahu; one damaging live coral

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:51 p.m. HST, Nov 7, 2012

The state this afternoon reported there are two grounded vessels off Oahu shores — one causing damage to living coral.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation said the boat causing coral damage is a 40-foot wooden hull sampan named Boom Boom that ran aground Wednesday at about midnight on the reef near the Ahu O Laka sandbar off Kaneohe Bay.

The owner of the boat, which came from Ko Olina marina, had not obtained a temporary mooring permit for the bay, and had no insurance on the boat. 

State officials assessed the condition of the vessel, and reported the hull is listing to one side and that it is flooded. The boat, the state said in a press release, “is aground on living coral in close proximity to an area used for marine tourism.”

The owner is working with a salvage company on a plan to remove the boat to prevent further damage to coral. The state said  the vessel was carrying about 30 gallons of diesel fuel, which will be removed.

Tony Brown, owner of Boom Boom Sportfishing, said he sold the vessel about 18 months ago.

On Monday, a 36-foot vessel ran aground on rocks just off a Waianae beach, officials said.

The state gave no description of that vessel, but said its owner reported he had no vessel insurance, and had contacted a salvage company for removal.

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