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Public asked to avoid beach until sailboat wreckage cleared

  • U.S. COAST GUARD DISTRICT 14 HAW
    Debris from 55-foot sailing vessel Doubloon washed ashore after breaking apart in the surf near Laie, May 12, 2015. The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement and the Department of Transportation Hazard Evaluation Emergency Response office. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad Pendarvis)
  • U.S. COAST GUARD DISTRICT 14 HAW
    A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Honolulu is anchored 250 yards offshore Laie, Oahu, following the rescue of a 72-year-old male and four Coast Guard personnel, May 12, 2015. The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement and the Department of Transportation Hazard Evaluation Emergency Response office. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad Pendarvis)
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The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is asking beachgoers to avoid the area across from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Wednesday, because of possible safety hazards from the of wreckage of a sailboat that broke up in high surf off Laie.

Workers began removing the wreckage of the 55-foot sailboat Doubloon Wednesday morning from Laie beaches.

The Doubloon became adrift Monday night and broke up in the surf Tuesday morning after an effort to tow it away failed when a 43-foot Coast Guard rescue boat also got into trouble and had to be abandoned.

The Coast Guard planned to try again Wednesday afternoon to recover the  rescue boat, which is anchored 250 yards off shore in Laie.

The Coast Guard said the water is too shallow to use a Coast Guard cutter to tow the boat. So another smaller rescue boat will attempt to tow the disable craft to deeper water and then link it with a cutter,

A Coast Guard helicopter airlifted the 72-year-old sailboat skipper and the four Coast Guard crew members from the rescue boat early Tuesday morning when the rescue boat became disabled.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The Red Cross is assisting the sailor who lost his boat with temporary housing, clothes and food.

 

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