Maui News

Rescue Tubes Utilized by Distressed Swimmers at Keawakapu

July 3, 2018, 7:32 AM HST
* Updated July 3, 3:14 PM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio... Article will play after ad...
Playing in :00
A
A
A

Keawakapu rescue tubes. PC: Wendy Osher/Maui Now graphic.

Rescue tubes played a critical role as swimmers in distress awaited for help to arrive in waters off of Keawakapu Beach in South Maui on Sunday afternoon, July 1, 2018.

Firefighters and Ocean Safety units responded to reports of multiple swimmers in distress at the location at around 12:50 p.m.

Upon arrival, crews found three individuals hanging on to a rescue tube and a fourth swimmer being kept afloat on another rescue tube.

Ocean Safety crews assisted all four to shore and none required medical attention.

The rescue tubes used by the distressed swimmers were placed on the beach as a community project funded and maintained by the Rotary Club of Kihei/Wailea.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

The donated rescue tubes are positioned at various beaches in South Maui and are meant to provide buoyancy for distressed swimmers until help can arrive.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

The Maui Fire Department reminds the public that ocean conditions can change in an instant. Officials say it is important to pay close attention to surroundings, and consult a lifeguard about ocean conditions if one is available.

Crews responding to the incident included the Maui Fire Department’s Ladder 14 crew out of Wailea, Ocean Safety Lifeguards and a Jetski unit.

E-Mail Newsletters Receive daily or weekly updates via e-mail. Subscribe Now
News Alerts Breaking news alerts on your mobile device. Get the App

Comments

This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Maui Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments