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Laie Fisherman Sentenced for Operating Vessel Within Restricted Area of Waimea Bay

REPORT FROM DLNR - PUPUKEA -- A Laie fisherman was cited by DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) for operating his vessel within a restricted area of Waimea Bay ocean waters on August 1, 2013.

A Waialua resident reported the incident to DOCARE after he observed a vessel enter Waimea Bay and nearly running over two early morning swimmers.  The vessel then stopped within ten feet from the shoreline to drop off a person.

Upon exiting Waimea Bay, the vessel almost ran over another fisherman who was in the water managing an ‘opelu net.  The incident was captured on video.

On August 29, 2013, Perry D. Rauch was charged and sentenced at Wahiawa District Court for violating Hawaii Administrative Rule (H.A.R.) 13-256-63(b)(1) that prohibits motorized vessels within Waimea Bay ocean waters, specifically within 1,837 feet from the shoreline.

The judgment imposed fines and court fees total $855 and 6 months probation.  Violator must remain arrest and conviction free for duration of the probation period.

“Ocean water safety is of utmost importance.  Any type of reckless behavior by vessel operators that has the potential to endanger other ocean water users is not acceptable and law enforcement response will take place,” said Randy Awo, DOCARE Chief.

To report an incident, call 643-DLNR.

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