(BIVN) – The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources is reporting boats have broken loose from their moorings on Maui due to the high winds currently affecting the State, and officials are urging boaters to make sure sure their vessels are secure.
From the DLNR:
Two boats broke loose from moorings overnight on Maui, due to strong winds. The DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) is advising mariners to take steps to ensure their vessels are secure.
DOBOR is aware of a 45-foot vessel grounded about 50 yards from the break wall outside Lāhainā Harbor. The owner has insurance and his in touch with his carrier and is expecting to begin salvage tomorrow.
A 30-foot sailing vessel is also 30 yards off the breakwater from 1403 Front Street in Lāhainā.
Winds are particularly strong on Maui currently. There are unconfirmed reports of additional groundings elsewhere around the island.
Along with the Wind Advisory in place for all islands, there is a High Surf Warning for most north and west-facing shores, a Small Craft Advisory for the nearshore waters surrounding the islands, and a Gale Warning for offshore waters beyond 40 nautical miles out to 240 nautical miles.