KIHEI – Yesterday afternoon around 4:55 p.m., firefighters responded to a kite surfer reportedly in distress off shore of the Maui Sunset Condominiums, in South Maui.
Kihei firefighters arrived at 5:01 p.m. and spotted a person and kite in the water about 300 yards off shore. Beachgoers called it in after seeing the kite go in the water and the surfer unable to get it back up. After firefighters on surfboards could not bring the man in, a Kahului crew on rescue watercraft eventually brought the kite surfer to shore at 5:50 p.m.
The man had no injuries.
The 63 year-old man from La Jolla, California, said the kite’s lines got tangled around his ankles so he was unable to fly his kite. Adding to the trouble was that the kite got caught in the current and he couldn’t swim in. The man said he was an experienced kite surfer and he has never had something like this happen.
Firefighters from Kihei and Rescue 10 from Kahului responded.
NAKALELE POINT – A visitor from France owes his good condition this morning – and the perhaps his life – to Maui’s expert first responders. At 10:18 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters and ocean safety personnel responded to a possible ocean rescue at the Nakalele Blow Hole, in West Maui.
At 10:38 a.m. Napili firefighters arrived at the parking area to the Blow Hole trail. Friends of the victim said a large wave crashed over him and knocked the man down. The man injured his leg and could not walk on it.
The fire department’s Air 1 helicopter was dispatched because of difficulties in carrying the man up the rugged lava rock trail. When firefighters reached him, the man’s only complaint was his leg. Crews splinted his leg and prepped him to be airlifted.
At 11:45 a.m., a rescue crew aboard Air 1 airlifted the man to a grassy area next to Kahekili Highway, where he was transferred to paramedics. The man was taken to Maui Memorial medical Center in good condition.
The 51-year-old man visiting from France, was taking in the scenery at the Blow Hole with family and friends when the wave knocked him over.
The public is reminded to be vigilant when exploring anywhere near the shoreline. Today’s incident is a good reminder that you should always pay attention to ocean conditions. The gentleman was fortunate to have not been more seriously injured. A man was knocked by a wave into the Nakalele Blow Hole, years back. His body was never recovered.
Here are a few reminders when venturing near the waters edge.
EVENT: The National Weather Service has ISSUED a HIGH SURF WARNING for NORTH and WEST FACING SHORES of MAUI & MOLOKAI in effect until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.
A High Surf Warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions, and deadly rip currents.
EFFECTS: A large north-northwest swell will gradually rise tonight, peak late Tuesday and Tuesday night, then lower slowly through Wednesday.
. The highest surf is expected Tuesday afternoon and night.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
IMPACTS: EXPECT OCEAN WATER SWEEPING ACROSS PORTIONS OF BEACHES, VERY STRONG BREAKING WAVES, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS. BREAKING WAVES MAY OCCASIONALY IMPACT HARBORS ENTRANCES, MAKING NAVIGATING THE HARBOR CHANNEL DANGEROUS.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: LARGE BREAKING SURF, SIGNIFICANT SHOREBREAK AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS MAKE ENTERING THE WATER VERY HAZARDOUS. ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT INJURY OR DEATH. BOATERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF AN INCREASED NUMBER OF SURFERS AND BODY BOARDERS UTILIZING THE HARBOR CHANNEL 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. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at 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 mauicounty.gov.
At 8:39 a.m. Sunday morning, emergency responders were called to an unresponsive male pulled from the ocean near Pu’u Keka’a in Ka’anapali, West Maui.
At 8:47 a.m., Lahaina firefighters found the male unresponsive but breathing on the beach fronting the Sheraton Maui Resort. Crews monitored the patient’s airway and breathing until paramedics arrived. The man was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in serious condition.
Beachgoers found the man floating unresponsive in the waters south of “Black Rock,” and pulled the victim ashore. Bystanders began immediate CPR before Sheraton Maui staff arrived with an Automatic External Defibrillator. After several cycles of CPR and receiving a shock by the AED, the man regained a pulse and began breathing on his own.
The man, a 30 year-old from Korea, is visiting with a female companion.
Maui First Responders are the very best. And three cheers to alert bystanders and the revolutionary Automated External Defibrillators!
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department are continuing the search Monday for 33-year-old Amber Savant of Kona presumed swept out to sea while free diving Sunday near Kapoho Bay, Big Island.
Currently searching are: an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point and the crew of USCGC Kittiwake (WPB 87316), an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Honolulu. Two jet ski crews and a helicopter crew from Hawaii County Fire Department are searching as well as a Navy helicopter crew from the 37th Helicopter Squadron.
On-scene assets have completed 10 sorties and searched a total of 1,914 square miles. Based on currents and drift, the search area extends up to 35 miles (30 nautical miles) off shore.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a report at 2:52 p.m., Sunday, alerting them to the situation. They immediately launched the Dolphin helicopter crew and issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting the assistance of any mariners in the area. HCFD responded with a helicopter crew and two jet ski crews.
On-scene weather conditions are reportedly 11 mph winds and 5-foot seas.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.
Maui Police received a call at 3:55 regarding a male stabbing victim in the park. The victim, a 36 year-old Kahului man, was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.
Police say their preliminary investigation revealed that a male suspect had fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers. A canvass of the area was unsuccessful and the attacker remains at large.
An Attempted Murder in the Second Degree case has been initiated. Checks for the male suspect in this case continue as the investigation develops. All leads are being investigated. This is the fourth attempted Murder case investigation within the last three weeks.
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