50-foot vessel stuck in shallow waters in Keehi Lagoon

50-foot vessel stuck in shallow waters in Keehi Lagoon
The vessel is stuck in shallow waters. May 11, 2018. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

KEEHI LAGOON, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The owner of a 50-foot barge is trying to free his grounded vessel at Keehi Lagoon.

The boat came off its mooring Friday morning. Officials with the Honolulu Fire Department say there's no fuel leaks or any other hazard.

"They have moved the boat a little bit, but not off the reef, sand yet," Capt. Stanley Carreria He has a crane of the Honolulu Fire Department said. "(The owner) has a crane on board that he can drop some weight out to assist the move."

A friend of the owner says he often uses his homemade crane to help other boaters.

"He's a real hard worker and had a bad streak and he's been a real lifesaver for a lot of people, so I just want everybody to know he needs a little help," the owner's friend Betty Dunn said.

The boat owner is reportedly accused of illegally tying the barge, and State officials say he owes unpaid fees for a powerboat that sunk nearby.

Authorities say crews are on standby to assist the owner if he asks for help. In the meantime, the owner is handling removal independently.

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