Boat’s grounding points up risks of fishing fleet’s labor practices
By Caleb Jones Associated Press
Nov. 10, 2017
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Crews continued work on Nov. 4 to salvage the Pacific Paradise from the reef at Waikiki a month after the 79-foot longline fishing boat ran aground with 19 foreign workers and a U.S. captain aboard. A sheen of either diesel fuel or hydraulic oil has been observed around the boat, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
A swimmer looked Wednesday at the Pacific Paradise, a commercial fishing vessel that ran aground Oct. 10 off Kaimana Beach. The fishing boat was transporting foreign workers to Hawaii when it struck the reef off Waikiki.
The Pacific Paradise has been slowly leaking oil and diesel fuel into waters frequented by beachgoers and endangered species.