After an all-night search turned to dawn, Maui Fire and Rescue crews and US Coast Guard vessels and aircraft began to consider the possible loss of two paragliders may not have happened after all. As of noon today, the search was called off. The decision was made after County and Federal investigators combed sources and determined that no missing persons reports had been filed, no paragliding companies reported any missing customers or equipment, and no trace of any person or equipment was found in the search zone.
No news is good news.
At 7:17 p.m. Wednesday, several witnesses reported seeing what they believed to be two paragliders in black gear, landing in the ocean somewhere between 1.5 and three miles off Keawakapu Beach. MauiWatch followers were among the early reporters. An immediate search began with County rescue crews and the Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from Barber’s Point in what would be an all-night effort. Maui Fire’s Air-1 chopper also took part in the search.
No updates have been released after witnesses say they saw two paragliders land in the ocean off Keawakapu Beach in South Maui last night.
At 7:17 p.m., moments after sunset, Maui Fire Department Fire fighters responded to Keawekapu Beach for a report of two paragliders that landed in the ocean. Witnesses said they saw what appeared to be two paragliders enter the water approximately a 1/2 to 3 miles off of Keawekapu Beach.
An ocean search is being conducted with the Fire Department’s Rescue Boat, along with a Coast Guard helicopter and their 45 foot rescue boat. This is an ongoing incident, information will given as it becomes available.
The west season is far from over in east Maui. The National Weather Service has extended the Flood Advisory for the Island of Maui, now in effect until 10:15 a.m. This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists.
EFFECTS: At 7:14 a.m. radar showed persistent downpours anchored over the east slope of Haleakala upslope from Hamoa and Hana. These downpours will cause significant rises in creeks and streams in the area.
Other locations in the advisory include Palikea Stream in Haleakala National Park, including the Seven Pools area, Pipiwai Trail, and Oheo Gulch.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS, DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO PONDING, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BRAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl .
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
Maui Police have opened a murder investigation after a man’s body was discovered Tuesday on Moloka’i.
Early Tuesday morning, near Mile Marker 15 along Kamehameha Highway in Mapulehu, a moped rider noticed a man lying motionless on a side dirt roadway.
Officers, Medics and Fire responded to the area and observed the unresponsive male individual laying on the dirt roadway. Attempts to revive the male were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigation revealed that the male individual sustained an apparent head injury. The death is considered suspicions and the body will be flown to Maui where an autopsy will be performed.
The male is identified as 20 year-old Koshari Kahikili from Mapulehu, Molokai. An autopsy is pending. The investigation is continuing.
Tragedy has touched all parts of the island in the past two days. Two fatal car crashes and an apparent drowning resulted in three deaths.
In the first reported accident, at 9:26 p.m. Sunday, a collision occurred on Baldwin Avenue west of Ike Drive in Paia. Investigation reveals a 30 year-old male from Paia, identified as Kawika Kahakauwila, was operating a black 1996 Toyota Tacoma pick-up. Investigation further reveals that Mr. Kahakauwila was traveling west on Baldwin Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway and collided into a tree. As a result of this crash, Kahakauwila sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigation reveals that seatbelts were not utilized, and the vehicle airbags did not deploy. The involvement of speed is suspected as a factor in this crash. Drugs and alcohol have not been determined as the investigation is still pending.
This was Maui County’s 11th traffic fatality of the year.
Then early today – around 3 a.m. – a crash happened on Piilani Highway south of Lipoa Street in Kihei. Preliminary investigation reveals a 2004 Nissan was being operated by Terrance Kyle Morgan, 25, of Kihei. Also in the vehicle was a 21 year-old male passenger from Kihei.
Maui Police report that the Nissan was traveling northbound on Piilani Highway, between Welakahao Road and Lipoa Street. The vehicle operator lost control, crossed left of center and ran off the western shoulder of the roadway before rolling over. As a result of the collision the driver, Terrance Kyle Morgan, the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. The twenty-one year old male passenger sustained minor injuries and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center via ambulance.
Both driver and passenger side airbags were deployed as a result of this crash. Preliminary investigation reveals that the operator was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The passenger was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The involvement of speed and driving while using a mobile electronic device is suspected as a factor in this crash. Drugs and alcohol have not been determined as the investigation is still pending.
This is Maui County’s 12th traffic fatality of the year compared to eight the same time as last year.
Those night-time crashes followed an apparent drowning Sunday. Shortly after noon yesterday, 55 year-old Ronald Sauber from Wichita, Kansas; was found floating face down in the water off of “Black Rock” in Kaanapali in West Maui. First responders attempted life saving measures on Sauber, however, he expired at the scene.
The official cause of Sauber’s death has not been determined pending autopsy results.
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