Salvaging efforts to remove the grounded vessel 'Pacific Paradise" had to be pushed back again on Sunday, after a fire flared-up on board.
"There's fuel on board still somewhere and it looks like its just burning through anything it can find slowly.. and as you know as it gets hot. It's not unusual that if it finds a new source it flares up," said Cmdr. Patrick Gallagher with the U.S. Coast Guard.
The 79-foot fishing boat has been stuck in shallow waters off Kaimana beach in Waikiki, since Tuesday night. There has been several attempts to remove it from the reef, but the vessel catching fire on Saturday, damaged tow lines, and weather conditions has made it difficult for crews to do so.
According to the Coast Guard, the boat burned through Saturday night and flared up, in the early morning hours on Sunday.
"It's so windy today.. I'm thinking maybe the wind fanned the flames and we're right back to square one," elite paddler, Jane McKee said.
Beach-goers watched as Honolulu Fire Department's Air One helicopter returned to make water drops and help extinguish the flames.
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Emergency crews in West Maui responded to reports of a 25-foot sailboat adrift off of Pohaku Park, better known as, “S-Turns” in Kahana, on Friday Oct. 13, 2017, at around 8:15 a.m.
Napili firefighters were on scene at 8:23 a.m. and spotted the sailboat about a mile offshore with no one visible on board.
A rescue watercraft from Fleming Beach Park and a rescue boat from Lahaina responded to the incident after it was discovered that someone had paddled out with a longboard to reach the drifting
Crews eventually found the male on the longboard just as he reached the vessel.
The man, a 22-year-old from Lahaina, was the owner of the sailboat.
He was able to start the sailboats auxiliary motor and navigated back to the vessels original mooring at Mala Wharf in Lahaina.
State Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel continued to monitor Kalapaki Beach on Kauai and surrounding areas Saturday following the mysterious mass stranding of a group of pilot whales a day earlier.
Five whales died as a result of the stranding, and two others were spotted in the area Friday.
Post-mortem examinations continued on the five whales Saturday, DLNR reported. NOAA officials responding to initial reports of the beaching found two whales dead and five others stranded at Kalapaki Beach, near Nawiliwili.
Coast Guard and Ocean Safety personnel, Kauai firefighters, NOAA staff and volunteers, and canoe paddlers refloated the five surviving whales and herded them out to sea, but by nightfall three more were found dead.