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Big Island Police Searching for Persons Involved in Flipping Over Sailboat

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help for any information relative to damages to a Hobie sailboat that was moored off of Reeds Bay in Hilo. Several persons were seen climbing aboard and flipping over the sailboat on (Sunday, June 11), sometime between 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Officer Amy Omaya of the South Hilo Patrol at (808) 961-2203.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stop pers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

The Baidarka to Be Removed From the Reef

Starting tomorrow morning, 35-foot sailboat from Victoria, Canada, the Baidarka, will be removed from the reef outside the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor where it went aground earlier this week. Parker Marine, a salvage company has been hired by the boat’s owner to remove the vessel for disposal. Cost of removal will be covered by vessel insurance company Progressive Insurance.

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On Saturday morning, Parker Marine will secure heavy lines to the vessel and its mast, and by afternoon begin pulling them in with a winch to the nearby Kamehameha Iki county beach park. To prevent further damage to the offshore coral reef, Parker Marine plans to move the boat to shore with successive high tides and lift it up with a crane onto a flat bed truck to haul away. Work may continue through the weekend.