DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
LAURA H. THIELEN, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Warns Of Submerged Hazard In Waters Off Of Diamond Head
HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources is advising the public to stay clear of two orange buoys in the ocean waters at Tongg’s surf break in Waikiki.
The buoys mark the spot near the Elks Club at Diamond Head where the sailing vessel Victoria went aground on Monday morning and later broke up in the surf.
What remains is a portion of the vessel’s keel approximately 100 yards offshore that is wedged in the reef. A marine salvage company hired by DLNR could not remove the keel today due to rising surf.
The keel is submerged during high tide and may have sharp or pointed edges that could seriously injure ocean users. DLNR is advising anyone entering the ocean waters in this area to stay a minimum of 30 feet away from the two small orange buoys to prevent injury.
Salvagers hope to remove the keel and the orange marker buoys tomorrow, or as soon as the surf subsides and conditions are conducive to operations.
Ocean users along this portion of Waikiki coastline should also be on the lookout for pieces of floating boat debris that escaped collection over the past two days.
For information about the salvage operation please contact the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation Oahu District office at 587-1973.
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