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M/V Makena

Belinda M Baird  | Published on 5/19/2015
The fishing vessel, Makena, sunk during TyphoonDolphin. According to the U.S. Coast Guard the 50-foot recreational vessel broke free from its mooring during Friday's typhoon. After conducting a search for the vessel, a diesel sheen was observed north of Polaris Point. Sonar imaging and a dive crew determined the source of the spill to be Makena which sank in 15 feet of water with about 1500 gallons of diesel on board. A 50-yard safety zone was established around the vessel. Any person entering, on or below the water’s surface, without the permission of the Captain of the Port is subject to a civil penalty of up to $40,000 and/or criminal penalties of up to $50,000 and up to five years imprisonment, or both. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened in the amount of $50,000. Response operations have begun to mitigate the release of diesel fuel and minimize the environmental impact to the surrounding marine habitat. Operations will continue through the week in an effort to remove any pollutants that could harm the environment.