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Grounded Kohanaiki Vessel Removed

January 28, 2016, 6:03 PM HST
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Hoku Kea. Photo courtesy of DOBOR.

Hoku Kea. Photo courtesy of DOBOR.

The 39-foot Coast Guard registered powerboat Hoku Kea that ran aground Friday evening off Kohanaiki Beach has been removed

On Wednesday, the boat was removed from the water, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.

Hoku Kea was returned to owner Phillip Hoyle at his location, as directed by the vessel insurance company.

Salvage firm Cates International dove at the site on Thursday and will dive again on Friday to ensure that all remaining pieces of the boat have been extracted from the water.

Hoyle was cited by DLNR for operating a vessel without a valid boating safety certificate.

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