Salvage crew removes grounded boat at Keehi Lagoon

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A salvage crew worked overnight on Thursday to remove a 53-foot sailboat that ran aground in Keehi Lagoon in December and had been, according to its owner, targeted by thieves while it remained grounded.

Crews with Parker Marine reportedly worked a 17-hour day to remove the vessel, finally pulling it off the reef at high tide Thursday night.

The owner of the sailboat, Alan McConnell, says he spotted thieves aboard the vessel while it was grounded in the lagoon, and though he tried to call officials with the Department of Land and Natural Resources to report the crime, they never responded to his phone calls for help.

McConnell estimates his losses at $70,000 dollars.

A representative from the state DLNR says they are investigating.

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