Coast Guard Investigates Grounding of Lahaina Vessel

December 31, 2010, 5:20 AM HST · Updated December 31, 2:04 PM
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By Wendy Osher

The Coast Guard is investigating the grounding of a passenger vessel reported near Lahaina Harbor, off Maui last night.

Photo of Lahaina Harbor and Lighthouse courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard, PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS MICHAEL DE NYSE

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The 65-foot Spirit of Lahaina catamaran vessel was navigating out of the harbor for a dinner cruise when it ran aground at approximately 5:30 p.m. The 60 passengers aboard were evacuated by a Good Samaritan Vessel. No injuries were reported and no pollution was observed as a result of the grounding.

The coast Guard Station Maui dispatched a 45-foot response boat to monitor the situation. The cause of the grounding is under investigation by the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Team.

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