Maui Fire and Rescue crews were called to assist in a missing person search just after noon today. Crews from Kaunakai and Puko’o and Rescue 10 Aboard Air 1 responded. Ground crews on Moloka’i were advised that there was a possibility the missing party may have launched a small sailboat from the shoreline fronting the Puko’o Canoe Shack. At that point, personnel launched Fire Ski 4 to assist Air 1 with an ocean search.
At approximately 2 p.m., Air 1 located the vessel and victim on shore in the area just west of Ship Wreck Beach on the island of Lanai. The victim was then transported back to Molokai via Air 1 to be evaluated by medics and Engine 12 personnel. The Molokai male in his 40’s was reported to be in stable condition. No further details are available at this time.
According to Maui Fire officials, at about 7:04 p.m. firefighters from Makawao were called to the course after reports of a fire on the driving range. When crews arrived minutes later, they found a cart in flames.
An attendant was gathering golf balls on the driving range when he smelled smoke. When he stopped to investigate, flames erupted from under the seat.
He was not injured and crews doused the fire quickly. Damage was estimated at $8,000.
EVENT: The National Weather Service has ISSUED a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for EAST FACING SHORES of MAUI COUNTY in effect until 6 p.m. today.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: A northeast swell will increase surf to advisory level heights along east facing shores through Wednesday.
Expect surf of 5 to 8 feet along east facing shores continuing though the day Wednesday.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHORE BREAK, 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 SURFERS AND BODY BOARDERS UTILIZING HARBOR CHANNELS TO ACCESS SURFING AREAS.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025 FREE. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.weather.gov/hawaii.
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 notification can be found on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov.
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 20-month-old boy who lost consciousness aboard a tour boat near Molokini Crater, Monday.
The county has reached a tragic milestone no one wanted to see. There have now been 14 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents this year. That is the same number as last year at this time and one of the highest in the last decade.
This morning, just before 8 a.m., a four year-old boy was struck and critically injured by a Toyota Sienna. Both are residents of Ka’anapali. The motor vehicle crash occurred fronting 133 Hakui Loop in Ka’anapali. The crash occurred when a maroon Toyota Sienna, that was traveling north on Hakui Street, struck a four year-old boy that was within the roadway. The Sienna did not appear to have any damages resulting from the crash.
As a result of being struck, the boy suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room in Critical condition. Once at the Emergency Room, the boy succumbed to his injuries and died. The 46 year-old female operator of the Sienna was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and did not report any injuries.
The involvement of speed, alcohol, and drug impairment do not appear to be factors in this crash however, they remain under investigation.
This is the third fatal crash in less than a week involving children. Last Saturday a one year-old boy was killed in Kihei when a pickup truck reversed over the lad. Later Saturday, a 11 year-old boy was behind the wheel of a car that kocked over and fatally injured an 87 year-old women. It is believed the boy was the victim’s grandson.
HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige today outlined the reasons why the state submitted testimony opposing Hawaiian Electric Industries’ proposed merger with NextEra Energy Inc. as it currently stands.
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