Dangerous territory for vessel adrift

FIRST PHOTO: The 34-foot sailboat Moani floats submerged and tied up on the south side of the deteriorating Mala Wharf on Monday in Lahaina. State boating employees cleaned up debris and trash from the sailboat at the wharf Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard tied the boat to the pier Saturday after the vessel was reported adrift at about 3:30 p.m., according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

After being secured next to the wharf, the sailboat became stuck between pilings when the tide went down, said DLNR spokeswoman Deborah Ward. She said that the vessel ended up on its port side on the reef. Officials were trying to locate the owner, who may be homeless and had recently bought the boat, Ward said. She said DLNR officials had posted a notice warning that unless the owner came forward, the state would take control of the boat because it was in danger of breaking up.

SECOND PHOTO: A sign warns people to stay off the crumbling Mala Wharf in Lahaina.