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Salvage crew removes sailboat from rocks near Magic Island

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:40 a.m. HST, Jan 27, 2013

Salvage and removal operations began Saturday for the 36-foot sailing sloop Makani that ran aground Friday night in rocks off the ewa side of Magic island at Ala Moana Beach Park.

The Parker Marine salvage company towed the hull of the boat to Keehi Small Boat Harbor for disposal late Saturday, said Deborah Ward, spokeswoman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Salvage crew operators chose to split up the boat before removing it due to weather conditions, Ward said.

The mast and rigging of the boat will be hauled away Sunday if the weather permits, she said

The Coast Guard rescued two people from the vessel after it went aground after its engine died. A salvage company set the boat’s anchor so waves would not move it toward the beach.

The insurance company for Makani is paying Parker Marine for the work.

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SueH wrote:
Their engine "died" so the went on the rocks?? What was wrong with their sails? It was a sailboat wasn't it, capable of moving under sail? What a tragedy it was manned by incompetent sailors.
on January 26,2013 | 07:44PM
surfergirl808 wrote:
it was a very glassy, calm, almost no wind eve, wondering why they didn't just set anchor and call for a tow into harbor when they were drifting towards the rocks.
on January 26,2013 | 09:01PM
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