KILAUEA — An overturned boat identified as that of the three fishermen reported missing on Oahu Monday, July 4 washed ashore in Kilauea this weekend.
Kauai Fire Department first saw the vessel off Anahola on Friday while conducting air search operations for the missing fishermen in Kauai waters, in conjunction with the reported finding and recovery of bodies of two of the missing fishermen.
The vessel registration number of the grounded boat was confirmed to be the missing boat. Although the boat had been recently sold to one of the fishermen, no transfer paperwork had been filed with DLNR’s Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.
The boating division then reached out to the last registered owner on record, to discuss their available choices for vessel removal. They can either remove it on their own or hire a salvage removal company. Due to rough sea conditions no recovery could be attempted over the weekend.
The boat is located at Rock Quarry beach in Kilauea.
The boat’s owner informed the DOBOR Kauai boating manager that he planned to tow the boat to the Hanalei River for removal by trailer.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement assisted KFD in searching Kauai waters for the individuals as well as their boat.