Salvage company to remove boat sunk off Waikiki

HONOLULU (AP) - A marine salvage company will begin removing a 26-foot sailboat that sank in near shore waters off Waikiki over the weekend.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says Sea Engineering will begin work at the site off the Elks Club on Tuesday. The state will pay more than $21,000 to remove the boat.

The department says officers are investigating the circumstances of Sunday's sinking.

The department was notified of the vessel's presence on Friday, when it was afloat.

A department enforcement officer and biologist inspected the boat the next day. They found the boat's anchor line was wrapped around live rock and coral, causing concern for reef damage. The prompted the state to begin the process of notifying the owner to remove the sailboat.

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