PHOTOS: 48-Foot Sailboat Runs Aground in Spreckelsville
By Wendy Osher
A 48-foot sailboat, adrift for three weeks, ran aground on the reef at Baby Beach in Spreckelsville on Maui last night.
Authorities say the three crew members aboard the sailboat were rescued by a passing cruise ship on October 6 near the Big Island of Hawai’i.
The “Quantum Leap” vessel was reportedly traveling from the west coast earlier this month, when it became disabled about 600 miles northwest of Hilo.
The vessel, which had been adrift, was spotted at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, by 28-year-old fisherman, Santino Sobel.
Sobel reported the large sailboat coming in out of the dark, right in front of his lines, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
Firefighters from Engine-2 out of Paia responded to the scene along with police and coast guard units. Crews made their way to the boat and investigated, but found no one aboard.
Officials with the DLNR Boating Office on Maui say that vessel owners are responsible for the removal of boats that run aground. As of this morning, the boat owners had yet to be notified of the incident, and information was not yet available on potential impacts to the reef.