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Salvage efforts continue for grounded fishing boat off Waikiki


    A U.S. Coast Guard sailor looked out towards the fishing vessel Pacific Paradise as it sat stranded on the reef, today, in Waikiki as crews worked to free it from the reef.

A contractor continued to remove fuel this morning from a grounded 79-foot fishing vessel today off of Kaimana Beach in Waikiki.

Penco, an emergency response clean-up contractor, returned to the beach today after removing 300 gallons of fuel from the vessel, Pacific Paradise.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Amanda Levasseur said the contractor is continuing to remove fuel today before another contractor, Cates Marine Service LLC, begin salvaging efforts. The contractor plans to attempt to tow the vessel at high tide late this morning.

The Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department rescued 19 fishermen and a captain from the fishing vessel after they received reports that the vessel grounded about 400 yards from shore Tuesday night.

No injuries were reported.

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