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State removes sailboat from Big Island reef

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:34 p.m. HST, May 22, 2014

The state has removed a 40-foot sailboat from a Big Island reef where it ran aground over the weekend.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Thursday it will attempt to collect removal costs from the sailboat's owner, who is from California. The state plans to dispose of the SEQUEL by Friday.

The ship ran aground off the Old Kona Airport park at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The department wanted to move the boat quickly to prevent further damage to the reef.

The department stepped in to remove the boat because the owner didn't have vessel insurance and couldn't afford to salvage it.

The state doesn't plan to cite the owner.

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star08 wrote:
Why not cite the owner?
on May 22,2014 | 09:21PM
scuddrunner wrote:
Why doesn't the state take the boat and sell it? The sailer was blind, I would think this would happen again and again.
on May 23,2014 | 03:00AM
cojef wrote:
A blind indigent who may become one of the many homeless in Honolulu, unless he has some relatives in California that will claim him.
on May 23,2014 | 08:28AM
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