Buoys marking sandbar safety zone missing

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Land and Natural Resources on Thursday will replace missing buoys that are marking the safety zone at the Ahu O Laka sandbar in Kaneohe Bay.

The DLNR will enforcement of a no-alcohol, no-drugs, no-disorderly conduct emergency rule over the Admission Day holiday weekend.

After the July 4 holiday weekend four of the six white and orange buoys to mark the sandbar safety zone were missing at the end of June. Some had been cut and others dragged into deeper water.

Anyone with information about persons responsible for buoy removal is asked to call DOCARE at 587-0077.

Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation administrator Ed Underwood said that "We will continue to replace the buoys which mark the GPS points that establish the safety zone at the sandbar." Damage to or removal of safety zone buoys by unauthorized person is punishable under Hawai'i Revised Statutes for criminal property damage, which is petty misdemeanor offense.

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