Hawaii News

Friday, August 18, 2017

Update: Search for missing Hawaii Army helicopter expands

The U.S. Coast Guard says the search for a missing Hawaii Army helicopter has expanded to as far as 50 miles offshore Thursday due to the water currents in the area. The UH60 Black Hawk helicopter went down about two miles west of Ka'ena Point Tuesday night. Five Army aviators are missing. Helicopters and vessels are concentrating efforts 15-to-20-miles offshore. On the second day of the search-and-rescue, debris continues to be spotted and recovered off Ka'ena Point. Ka'ena State Park trails are closed at this time. Debris from the crash should be considered hazardous material and should only be recovered by recovery teams with the proper training and personal protective equipment. The debris poses potential risk and could cause serious bodily harm due to sharp edges.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Search continues for 5 soldiers after Black Hawk copter crashes off Oahu

The Army’s 25th Infantry Division issued a news release at 8:38 p.m., saying that search and rescue operations continue for the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and its crew, but made no mention of any new findings. The Coast Guard cutter Ahi, an 87-foot boat, and the 225-foot cutter Walnut continued searching Wednesday night, along with Coast Guard planes, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said. Any debris found overnight by crews of the cutters will be transferred to the smaller Honolulu Fire Department and Coast Guard boats and transported into Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor, said Army Lt. Col. Curt Kellogg, spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division. The cutters are too large for the harbor, he explained.
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Related: Family identifies 1 of 5 soldiers in chopper crash

After more than 35 hours, the massive air and sea search continues for five missing soldiers who were on board an Army chopper that crashed late Tuesday off Oahu. Military officials have not yet released the identities of the five individuals, but WYMT-TV, a CBS affiliate in Kentucky, has confirmed with family members that one of the people missing is Abby Milam, of Jenkins, Ky. On Thursday morning, a Navy salvage dive team arrived at Haleiwa Boat Harbor, where incident command is set up to run the search and rescue operation. Rescuers are focusing their efforts on a debris field that's three to five miles offshore. "This is still a search and rescue mission. We are here to bring our soldiers home," said Lt Col. Curtis Kellogg, public affairs officer with the 25th Infantry Division, in a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Man dies after snorkeling at Honolua Bay

A man died after snorkeling in West Maui at Honolua Bay. It happened around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Good Samaritans were doing CPR on the man when lifeguards arrives by watercraft. Lifeguards took over CPR until paramedics and fire crews could reach the victim via a long dirt trail. Despite all life-saving efforts, the man could not be resuscitated, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was 58-year-old man visiting from Alberta, Canada. He was snorkeling with family members when he was found unresponsive and brought to shore on a rocky area of the bay about 100 yards from the beach. A good Samaritan on an anchored sailboat nearby heard the cries for help and came to the aid with a small dinghy. He was loaded onto the dinghy and brought to the beach where bystanders jumped in to perform CPR.

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