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Forget sharks, this is how you’re really likely to be hurt surfing. | SURFLINE.COM

Forget sharks, this is how you’re really likely to be hurt surfing. | SURFLINE.COM

Forget sharks, this is how you’re really likely to be hurt surfing. | SURFLINE.COM

One day a few years back, San Diego lifeguard Chad Cox was surfing a knee-high day in La Jolla’s clear waters. Zipping along an inside section, he could easily see the sandy bottom. But when the wave jacked up and closed out over a section of sandbar, Cox was flipped off headfirst so fast that he didn’t even have time to get his hands up. Cox instantly realized that the clarity of the water had made the water look deeper than it actually was. His head hit the bottom first.

“I felt my whole body go numb,” he says.

Source: www.surfline.com/surf-news/forget-sharks,-this-is-how-you’re-really-likely-to-be-hurt-surfing.-1_112632

Maui Now: California Man Medevaced from Nāpili Bay in Near-Drowning

Maui Now: California Man Medevaced from Nāpili Bay in Near-Drowning

Maui Now: California Man Medevaced from Nāpili Bay in Near-Drowning

An 81-year-old California man was medevaced to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in serious condition after a near-drowning incident at Nāpili Bay on Sunday.

Source: mauinow.com/2017/05/08/california-man-medevaced-from-napili-bay-in-near-drowning/

Stand Up Or Die: Snorkeling In Hawaii Is A Leading Cause Of Tourist…

Stand Up Or Die: Snorkeling In Hawaii Is A Leading Cause Of Tourist…

Stand Up Or Die: Snorkeling In Hawaii Is A Leading Cause Of Tourist…

Breathing through a tube is uniquely challenging. And it can turn deadly for those who have health issues but don’t recognize the risk.

Source: www.civilbeat.org/2016/01/stand-up-or-die-snorkeling-in-hawaii-is-a-leading-cause-of-tourist-deaths/

State bill will end liability protection for county lifeguards at state beaches | Maui News

State bill will end liability protection for county lifeguards at state beaches | Maui News

Apr 29, 2017

The state Senate has agreed to a state House version of a bill that would end limited liability protection to county lifeguards at state beach parks, but Mayor Alan Arakawa said that lifeguards at Makena State Beach Park would not be affected.

The House version requires the state attorney general to defend any civil lawsuit brought against a county based on negligence, a wrongful act or omission by a county lifeguard providing services at a state beach park.

“The Senate agreed that the concerns raised by the potential sunset of the current law outweigh the difference of opinion in the current form of the bill that exists between the House and Senate,” a Senate announcement said.

Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English, who represents East Maui, Upcountry, Molokai and Lanai, pledged to try again next session to get immunity from lawsuits for lifeguards.

“I’ve always advocated for the protection of county lifeguards and to provide them the tools they need to do their job,” he said. “I will continue to pursue this issue and introduce a bill next session to try to restore immunity for the lifeguards.”

Source: www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2017/04/state-bill-will-end-liability-protection-for-county-lifeguards-at-state-beaches/

Kihei-Wailea Rotarians come to the rescue | Maui News

Kihei-Wailea Rotarians come to the rescue |  Maui News

Group to provide 28 tubes designed to help prevent ocean drownings

 

Apr 30, 2017

The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea is ready to install 28 rescue tubes next month at beaches across South Maui to aid residents and visitors in waters that have accounted for more than a quarter of drownings on the island over the past decade, the nonprofit said.

“We’re really excited because this saves lives,” Rotarian MaryMargaret Baker said.

The tubes had been set for installation Saturday, but rainy weather postponed the work until next month.

The bright “banana-yellow” cylinders are approximately 50 inches long and can keep three adults afloat. They will be placed every 300 feet starting at Kalama Beach Park’s north end to Cove Park, Charley Young Beach and all three Kamaole Beach parks.

Source: www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2017/04/kihei-wailea-rotarians-come-to-the-rescue/