Man drowns as lifeguard funds languish

Man drowns as lifeguard funds languish

There are 9 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Feb 26, 2008, titled Man drowns as lifeguard funds languish. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

WAILUKU If government officials had been quick to put lifeguards at Makena State Park, a visitor might not have drowned Sunday, a Maui activist said.

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aina

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jan 19, 2009
"We are continuing to work with the county to provide lifeguard services at this beach as rapidly as possible," she (Ward) said.

Harker said he began lobbying for lifeguard services at the park after witnessing the death of Richard McKeon Young of Idaho in rough surf four years ago.

He said he has witnessed three deaths in waters off the state beach at Makena and that the latest could have been avoided.

"This was a preventable drowning," Harker said. "Lifeguards would have noted dangerous conditions. Lifeguards situated in the area could have responded in minutes to the initial 911 call."

How many more death must happen? Obviously, there is a need for life guards here. Find the money somewhere! Do away wait something not need and put the money there. Act now. When a law suit hits, then it would've been better to invest that money in the first place.
A Fish Out of H2O

AOL

#2 Jun 7, 2009
Why do you think it's called Little Beach???????? Because it's a small area in a remote location and most beaches of a smaller size will not have a life guard present. Visitors, obviously should heed the warning signs, if not, they may suffer the consequences!!!!!!!! In this case, sadly so.
Dbl Dimples

AOL

#3 Jun 7, 2009
Many visitors to the islands are easily deceived by the gorgeous azure waters of the Pacific and are mistakenly drawn into its captivating properties. In this unfortunate incident, a man regretfully lost his life!!!!!!!! May he rest in peace.
Laura Friedman

Schaumburg, IL

#4 Oct 31, 2011
I was pulled out in the Rip Current at Little Beach and I was taken out over the shelf. I was 1/2 mile out at least. They call it the shark pit. I was all alone out there and I thought for sure that I was going to die. The beach disappeared. I had fins on or I never would have made it back. I kicked like hell and waited to be bitten in half. Many strong men die at that beach. I was extremely lucky and I will never make a mistake like that again. Never think that it will not happen to you. I was lucky to make it back alive.
Jonah

Kihei, HI

#5 Oct 31, 2011
Jan 19, 2009.

Not even related to this tragedy, nice fiction.
leeward lolo

Honolulu, HI

#6 Oct 31, 2011
For years I have suggested a maybe 5 minute film to be shown on flights arriving here telling of the dangers not obvious to visitors.

Along with deceiving looking water, people have been swept off rocks while looking at big waves.

Also, visitors are drawn in by the beauty of the lush, green trails and frequently are rescued.

I consider myself a good swimmer, at home in the water but would never go out by myself at a place with no lifeguards. Conditions change too fast. We need a "Buffalo" at every beach.
Kaimala

Kihei, HI

#7 Oct 31, 2011
Lifeguard's pay comes from the County budget. Each island is separate; under the State of Hawaii. USA Federal Regulations govern the 50 states.

Neva pass high school civics?
Joe Balls

Kaneohe, HI

#8 Oct 31, 2011
If there is no money, you're on your own. It's called "individual responsibility."
Harold

Mililani, HI

#9 Oct 31, 2011
leeward lolo wrote:
For years I have suggested a maybe 5 minute film to be shown on flights arriving here telling of the dangers not obvious to visitors.
Along with deceiving looking water, people have been swept off rocks while looking at big waves.
Also, visitors are drawn in by the beauty of the lush, green trails and frequently are rescued.
I consider myself a good swimmer, at home in the water but would never go out by myself at a place with no lifeguards. Conditions change too fast. We need a "Buffalo" at every beach.
I agree and at the same time show a film of how dangerous our mountains are. Every week our fire rescue is up makau and risking their lives trying to find some tourist that wandered of the trial. This situation actually is more critical then our ocean. It is a fact that we lose more humans in our mountains then our oceans. Tourist come here with hiking experience on the mainland and when they look at our mountains they get fooled at how easy of a hike it is. This is where they make the mistake and need to be rescued.

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