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Yellow rescue tubes save lives on South Maui beaches

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Yellow rescue tubes save lives on South Maui beaches

These bright yellow floatation tubes were installed on many South maui beaches last summer as a way to aid with water rescues, thanks to the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea.  They have proved themselves to be valuable already and more will soon be installed to save swimmers from drowning.

In January a visiting Canadian woman and another man rushed to the rescue of a woman offshore in Wailea, and saved her from drowning, only to have to dash back into the water to save another potential victim.  With rough seas and strong currents, even experienced swimmers can have a hard time keeping afloat.

Read the full story in the Maui News here.

 Yellow rescue tube floatation device

The trend started on Kauai in 2008 and has caught on here on Maui and across the country too.  There's way too many people drowning here at our beaches, and often times a double drowning occurs when someone tries to help, only to be overcome by the waves.  With the use of these tubes, many lives have been saved, and no double drownings have occurred on Kauai since that time.

A Kihei beach with rescue tubes available

A yellow rescue tube at Kalama Beach Park in Kihei Maui

Call 911 first before attempting a rescue.  The tubes come with printed instructions stating only strong swimmers should take them into the water.  They're about 50 inches long with a tether, and can keep 3 adults afloat.  Tubes are mounted on poles that are numbered for easy identification of the location for first responders. 

There won't always be a lifeguard station at every beach, so it's important that beachgoers take note of the nearest yellow tube in case of an emergency.  Many Maui beaches are in remote spots without cell phone service and first responders could be a long time arriving.  These yellow tubes can make all the difference between life and death.  Local clubs and associations are donating the funds to have more tubes installed where they are needed.

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Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I have never heard of this concept, clearly what an awesome idea and I love the fact that it was supported and paid for by the locals vs the government:)Endre

Feb 27, 2018 10:01 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Georgie. Wow, this is new to me anywhere. A great idea for sure.

Feb 28, 2018 05:00 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

People can get lulled by the serenity of the beach. These are really a great addition.

Feb 28, 2018 08:15 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Hi and thanks for your comments!

Feb 28, 2018 02:37 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Isn't it amazing that a simple idea like that one can be so effective in saving lives.

Mar 03, 2018 04:06 PM