New Rescue Tubes Improve Safety at Hilo-Area Beach Parks

Donated flotation devices are being installed at Hilo-area beach parks so the public may aid swimmers, snorkelers and other ocean users who show signs of distress or have trouble returning to shore.

Rotary Club of South Hilo members Dayle Tejada (L) and Gene Hennen finish installing the first donated rescue tube Thursday at Lehia Beach Park in Hilo.

Rotary Club of South Hilo members Dayle Tejada (L) and Gene Hennen finish installing the first donated rescue tube Thursday at Lehia Beach Park in Hilo.

Known as rescue tubes, the yellow safety devices resemble a thick waist belt about 4 feet long. Each is mounted on a PVC stand topped with a flag and includes a strap, whistle and identification markings.

Rescue tubes are not toys and should be used only in emergencies. Misuse could leave the rescue tubes unavailable should they be needed to help save a life.

The Rotary Club of South Hilo is donating 24 rescue tubes. Club members started installing them today at County beach parks between Lehia Beach Park, also known as Pu‘umaile, in Keaukaha and Kolekole Beach Park located north of Honomū. Leleiwi Beach Park, Hilo BayfrontBeach and CoconutIsland are among the other parks receiving rescue tubes valued at $100 apiece.

Gene Hennen of the Rotary Club of South Hilo marks the location where a rescue tube will be placed at Hilo’s James Kealoha Beach Park.

Gene Hennen of the Rotary Club of South Hilo marks the location where a rescue tube will be placed at Hilo’s James Kealoha Beach Park.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks the Rotary Club of South Hilo for its generous gift and asks the public to respect the new safety equipment.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

 

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