Nakoa is scuttled following grounding on Hawaii shoreline

The yacht Nakoa, which two weeks ago grounded in Hawaii near the Honolua rocky shoreline, has been scuttled in 800ft of water after it was freed from the rocks by tug Mary Catherine (IMO 7209435).

The Nakoa had taken on water, was listing to starboard and was riding bow high after being pulled free by the tug in the early afternoon of March 5th, with the aid of salvage ship Kahi.

A crew from the salvage ship rigged lines to the yacht on March 4th and the morning of March 5th to prepare for the third salvage attempt.

Prior to the 3,300-horsepower tug hooking up the salvage crew used a carbon cutter to free either the yacht’s prop or rudder, believed to be the reason earlier attempts did not succeed. Once the tug turned the boat 90 degrees, it pulled out into deeper water.

1972-built, USA-flagged, 336 gt Mary Catherine is owned and managed by Sause Bros Inc of Coos Bay, Oregon, USA.

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