The federal government is suing the
owners of the Pacific Paradise for at
least $1.66 million in an effort to recover
costs associated with removing the fishing
vessel from the reef off Waikiki where it ran
aground in October 2017.
The claim was filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu on October 17, two years and a week to the day that the 79-foot longline vessel drifted onto the reef, carrying 20 individuals, nearly all of whom were foreigners being brought to Hawai‘i from American Samoa to work on other vessels . . .
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