Marine convoy gets stuck in the sand in Wai’anae

A Marine convoy took a wide U-turn and got stuck in the sand at Kahe (on the Wai’anae coast) by accident?  Here’s what the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported:

Honolulu police directed the miniconvoy to make a U-turn, and because the vehicles are much bigger than most cars, their wider turning radius took them onto the beach and they got stuck, Crouch said. There was “absolutely” no wrongdoing, he said.

This is absolutely ridiculous. The highway has four lanes with a wide median strip.  These vehicles could have easily made a U-turn.  The driveway into the beach area runs perpendicular to the highway about 30 yards, across an old train track and into a parking area.  Cars would have to go through the parking area to get to the sand. There is no other entrance or exit from the sand.   There is no way the convoy could have missed the turn and ended up on the beach by “accident.”   This was an intentional and illegal act of four-wheel joyriding.

It gets better.  The police have no record of an accident on the highway.   Did the military make up the story to cover their rears?

View the photos here:


Marine convoy beached

Two armored vehicles get stuck in the sand during convoy training on the Waianae Coast

By William Cole

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 02, 2010

The Marine Corps found itself explaining yesterday how two of its armored vehicles got stuck on the beach for several hours after some driver training near the Kahe Point power station took a decidedly wrong turn.

“They have no business being on the beach. There is at least one burial in that area. Fortunately, they were away from it,” said Waianae Coast activist William Aila Jr.

Aila said he spotted one of the big vehicles at about 2 p.m. stuck up nearly to its floorboards in the sand, another with its front wheels partly buried, and a third vehicle attempting to pull them out.

The stuck vehicles were a good 50 yards off Farrington Highway, had driven another 50 yards on a dirt road and traveled 75 yards more on the sand before getting stuck about 30 feet from the surf, Aila said.

Adding further embarrassment to the mired misery were the red caution signs on the front of the vehicles that said, “Student Driver.”


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