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Pacific Whale Foundation vessel grounded near Maui's McGregor Point

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:55 a.m. HST, Sep 11, 2013



Kahului firefighters assisted the Coast Guard with evacuation of a Pacific Whale Foundation catamaran that grounded near McGregor Point Tuesday morning, Maui County fire officials said. 

No injuries were reported, and no hazardous materials were released into the ocean, officials said. However, the vessel sustained damage to one of its hulls.

The 64-foot Ocean Odyssey left Maalaea Harbor at about 4:30 a.m., and headed for Ko Olina, Oahu. The vessel grounded near Maalaea Harbor, about one-quarter mile east of McGregor Point, according to officials.

Fire crews evacuated the catamaran's four crew members. Officials said the catamaran's captain stayed behind to await salvage operations.

The Pacific Whale Foundation is a Maui-based nonprofit that conducts "non-invasive" whale research and offers ocean eco-adventures.







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1local wrote:
foundation should be responsible for any damages to coral seafloor. blood alcohol test should be performed...
on September 11,2013 | 08:39AM
ryan02 wrote:
It's just a money-making tourist whale chase that puts the word "Foundation" in its name to fool people into thinking it's eco-sensitive. It's not. They chase whales and get too close, just like any other whale cruise, and they have collided with an injured/killed whales before, and they will continue to do so in the future. I wish every whale-chasing business would go bankrupt, but that will never happen. Tourists will keep them in business, just like they keep places like Sea World in business, with no conscience.
on September 11,2013 | 02:40PM
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