Friday, October 3, 2003

Divers should stay out
of collapsing Waianae ship

Scuba divers should stay outside a popular artificial reef off the Waianae Coast, the state said yesterday.

The former minesweeper Mahi is collapsing and creating a hazard, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. The decking and superstructure of the Mahi have fallen into the hull, the agency said.

"DLNR is warning divers and dive tour operators not to enter into or venture under these vessels due to the risk to public safety," said Ernest Lau, DLNR deputy director. "Divers could become entrapped, entangled and/or crushed. The vessels and other parts of the reef can still be enjoyed at a safe distance."

The Mahi and several other ships were sunk as artificial reefs to attract fish and other marine animals.

For more information, contact Brian Kanenaka at 587-0332.


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