A woman was treated for puncture wounds after being bitten by a pit bull breed of dog on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail Sunday, above Maluhia Road.
Maui rescue crews and first responders answered a 9:09 a.m. call Sunday from hikers who reported that an aggressive dog would not let them pass through the area. Animal Control officers captured the dog, allowing the hikers to continue their trek.
The woman suffered two puncture wounds. She was treated and released. The owner of the pit bull is unknown.
Holomua Road – near Old Maui High School – remains closed due to a fire on Maui’s North Shore. The report first came in at 12:10 p.m. Also, Baldwin Avenue between Mahi Ko Road and Pa’ia Mill is closed. Now word on the cause of the fire nor of any damages or injuries.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Ocean Safety and the Honolulu Fire Department are searching for a missing free diver near Ka’ena Point, Saturday.
Missing is 56-year-old Nicholas Spotkaeff.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a report from crewmembers at Ocean Safety regarding a missing 56-year-old male free diver who was last seen swimming with his son in the vicinity of Ka’ena Point.
The son lost sight of his father when he was on shore and the father was approximately 100 yards north of Ka’ena Point.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, the crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, homeported here, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu and crews from Ocean Safety and the Hawaii Fire Department are searching for the man.
Spotkaeff was reported to be wearing green boardshorts.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.
The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing kayaker approximately a quarter of a mile offshore from Mala Wharf, Maui Thursday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received a call from the operator of the dive boat, Grad School, stating he recovered an adrift blue kayak in the area today.
The operator did not see any signs of distress or marine growth on the kayak. The kayak is approximately 14 feet long with the words “OCEAN KAYAK,” and other markings in yellow. Sector Honolulu issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Maui to search the area.
An engine crew from the Maui Fire Department was dispatched to Mala Wharf. The Coast Guard is asking mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress. Anyone with information that can help identify the owner of the kayak is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
The Coast Guard advises the public to register and label all watercraft and equipment with contact information in order to quickly account for owners and prevent any unnecessary searches.
The information on the sticker can allow response entities to quickly identify the vessel’s owner and aid search and rescue planners in determining the best course of action. The stickers can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.
Despite best efforts, 86 year-old Harry Shimizu of Moloka’i passed away June 4 from injuries sustained in a violent crash on Moloka’i on May 8 of this year. Shimizu was a passenger in a Toyota pickup truck being driven by an 86 year-old woman. The accident happened at 6:39 a.m. May 8 when the eastbound pickup left the roadway along Mauna Loa Highway on Moloka’i, striking a guardrail, climbing an embankment before flipping onto its roof.
Seatbelts and airbags were properly used, and only Shimizu was critically hurt. He was transferred to Maui Memorial Medical Center – treated for his injuries until he passed away June 4.
Shimizu’s death was the 14th traffic fatality of 2014 – compared with eight at this time last year.
A family of six – visiting from Illinois – and their pilot are all safe after a “hard landing” this morning in a tour helicopter near Waihe’e Stream along North Maui.
Maui first responders from Wailuku and Kahului along with Air-1 were dispatched to the scene of an incident at 9:51 a.m. A Sunshine Helicopters craft experienced a hard landing in a pasture. All on board were reported safe and none needed medical attention.
The craft experienced some sort of mechanical malfunction. The family is visiting from Bellevue, IL.
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