The National Weather Service has issued a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for SOUTH FACING SHORES of MAUI COUNTY, in effect until 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
EFFECTS: The combination of a long period north northeast swell combined with locally generated wind waves is causing higher than normal surf along east facing shores. A hurricane-force low pressure system that made landfall in Northern California earlier this week generated an extended swell.
Surf heights of 6 to 8 feet are expected along south facing shores through Saturday afternoon.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHOREBREAK, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS, MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS. BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS, AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION. BOATERS SHOULD EXPECT RECREATIONAL SURFERS AND BODY BOARDERS UTILIZING HARBOR CHANNELS TO ACCESS SURFING AREAS.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates.
NOAA Weather 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. This same information is available on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov.
A Kahului man died in an early morning industrial accident in Kihei. Maui Police say 61 year-old Paul Thomas Williams died after apparently being struck by an excavator on a job site in the Azeka Mauka Shopping Center parking lot near the South Kihei Road exit.
At 1:31 a.m. today, Maui Police, Fire and Paramedic crews responded to a call from the job site for a report of an unresponsive male. Upon arrival, cardiopulmonary resuscitation was started, but efforts to save Williams were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Their preliminary investigation revealed that the victim appears to have been struck by an excavator.
The official cause of death will be ruled following an autopsy on the man.
By Chief Lee Mainaga, Fire Services Division
Chief Jeffrey Murray of the Maui Fire Department proudly announces the promotions of four Fire Fighters; two Firefighter III’s to Captains and two Firefighters to FF III’s.
The honorees are as follows:
Captains Yatsushiro and Jenkins’ promotions took effect on September 16, 2014. FF III’s Busby and Gand’s promotions will be effective on October 1.
HONOLULU — The Board of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) on Friday will consider approval of new fishing rules that would establish new bag and size limits for uhu (parrotfish) and goatfish on the island of Maui only.
The changes will consist of bag and size limits for several popular nearshore fish including goatfish (kumu), and parrotfish (uhu). The proposed rules will include a bag limit of no more than two uhu and prohibitions on the take of blue male uhu for the two large species.
There will also be bag limits for these popular goatfish: kumu (no more than one), and moana kea and munu (no more than two).
“The Division of Aquatic Resources strongly supports this rule package. It is based on more than five years’ research on the biology and ecology of these fishes, and population data that indicate management is required now,” said Frazer McGilvray, Division of Aquatic Resources Administrator.
Public hearings on the draft rules were held on Maui and Lanai between November 19-21, 2013.
Draft rules for jacks and other fishes, and proposed rule changes for Lanai were removed from these proposed amendments. The Division of Aquatic Resources will work with the Lanai community to develop rule changes in the near future.
Maui Fire Department crews spent the night putting out hot spots and watching for flare-ups after a brush fire burned about 10 acres above Keawe Street in Lahaina. The fire was first reported yesterday at 3:49 p.m. Crews from Lahaina and Napili responded along with Air-1 and a fire tanker to the fire about two acres in size mauka of Honoapi’ilani Highway.
Three hours later the fire was called 70 percent contained – but had grown in size to about 10 acres. The fire was contained completely around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Crews – with the assistance of a West Maui Land Company tanker – began mop-up operations. As of 8 a .m. today, crews were still dousing hot spots inside the fire perimeter. There were no injuries or dollar loss in damage. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
HONOLULU — A Coast Guard aircrew flew approximately 400 miles to airdrop 10 critical units of blood to a cruise ship northeast of the Oahu, Tuesday.
Personnel aboard the cruise ship Carnival Miracle contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu at 4:21 p.m., Sunday regarding medical assistance for an ailing passenger.
The ship had originally departed Vancouver, British Columbia en route to its next port of call in Nawiliwili, Kauai.
The ship’s onboard doctor was treating the 76-year-old man for internal bleeding. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended a 12-hour communications schedule with the cruise ship. If the man’s condition worsened, the air station would conduct an airdrop of blood.
The aircrew successfully dropped the blood received from Tripler Army Medical Center via parachute to medical personnel aboard the Carnival Miracle.
The cruise ship will maintain communication with the Coast Guard until its scheduled arrival in Nawiliwili, Wednesday.
Coast Guard aircraft are equipped to drop lifesaving equipment to individuals in distress. Life rafts, radios, emergency rations and medical supplies are the most common, but flexibility in operations is necessary in order to save lives at sea.
For more information, contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.
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