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Sailboat Runs Aground off Molokai’s South Shore

At 10:19 p.m. Sunday, emergency dispatchers on Molokai received a call from a mariner that his 30 foot sailboat had run aground off of Kalaeloa Point in Keawanui, on Molokai’s south shore.

The location is about 12 miles east of Kaunakakai town.

Pukoo firefighters investigated Sunday night and spotted the vessel stranded on the reef about a half-mile from shore, just west of the Wavecrest Resort on Kamehameha V Highway.

The male operator of the sailboat and another male was on the vessel and remained there overnight until high tide at 10 a.m. Monday morning when they attempted to free the sailboat from the reef. A local resident using his own boat, tried to pull the sailboat off of the reef but was unsuccessful. The sailboat’s operator will attempt to free the vessel at high tide again tomorrow morning.

The sailboat reportedly left from the Mala Wharf area in Lahaina, Maui sometime on Sunday and was navigating towards shore when the vessel ran aground on the reef at around 5:30 p.m., about a half-mile off of Kalaeloa Point.

There were six people on the sailboat, five males and one female, all in their 30s. Three males and the female got off
of the boat and spent Sunday night on shore.

No injuries were reported. The sailboat was undamaged and was not leaking any fuel.

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