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PHOTOS: Grounded Sailboat on Lahaina Reef

June 19, 2012, 6:47 AM HST
* Updated June 19, 10:40 AM
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Baidark off Lahaina Harbor. Photo courtesy Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources.

By Wendy Osher

A 34-foot sailboat broke free from its mooring, coming to rest on a reef in front of the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor yesterday.

Authorities say the “Baidarka” boat is registered in Victoria, British Columbia and is owned by a John Hesford of Chilliwack, BC.

Authorities from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources say an insurance company was on scene yesterday trying to stabilize the vessel with lines.

The Molokai Ferry reportedly offered to assist in efforts to pull the vessel free during high tide.


The vessel had been moored over the weekend at the Lahaina Yacht Club.


Maui District boating managers were notified of the grounding.

Mahalo to reader Susan Figg for sending photos. Send photos to our newsdesk email (email not published for spam protection).

Baidarka. Photo by Matt Kerstein.

Baidarka salvage efforts. Photo courtesy Susan Figg.

Baidarka. Photo courtesy Susan Figg.

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