Boat captain arrested after leaving divers in waters off Kona


The captain of a commercial dive boat was arrested early Thursday for boating under the influence after he allegedly left customers at a dive spot off Kailua-Kona.

At 10:13 p.m. Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard notified police that a commercial dive boat and its operator had been reported missing, according to the Hawaii County Police Department. Another tour company picked up the boat’s customers from a dive spot off the Kailua-Kona coast.

The inflatable boat Sea Wolf and its operator were later found drifting offshore and were towed to Honokuhau Harbor by another boat, according police.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, police arrested the operator of Sea Wolf, a 30-year-old Kailua-Kona resident, on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, according to police. He was released at 1:30 a.m. pending further investigation, according to police.

West Hawaii Today is not identifying the man by name because has yet to be charged with a crime.

More details in the Saturday, March 8, edition of West Hawaii Today or visit westhawaiitoday.com.