Coast Guard issuing safety zone in Kaneohe Bay waters

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Starting Monday Coast Guard law enforcement officers will be issuing a temporary safety zone in the waters of Kaneohe Bay.

The purpose of the zone is to ensure the public's safety while crews extract the down Sea Stallion helicopter from the Sand Bar.

According to Coast Guard officials, the temporary 2,250-yard by 3,250-yard safety zone will extend west from Pyramid Rock to Kapapa Island, then south to the Marker southwest of Ahu'olaka Island. The zone will also extend east to the end of Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Long Pier and north along the coastline back to Pyramid Rock.

"Again, we would like to extend our appreciation for the public's patience, support, and understanding during this incident," Lt. Cmdr. Marcella Granquist said.

Anyone entering the zone without the permission of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port may be fined up to $40,000 for each violation (no more than $250,000) and face prison time of up to 25 years.

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