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Video warning on all Hawaii flights considered to prevent more drownings

Louie Ferreira Louie Ferreira
A woman stands on the break wall with her back to the ocean. A woman stands on the break wall with her back to the ocean.
An image from Dickie Chang's video An image from Dickie Chang's video
Hawaii waters can be calm one moment... Hawaii waters can be calm one moment...
...but treacherous the next. ...but treacherous the next.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A rise in drowning deaths may lead to a warning video for visitors on flights to Hawaii.

After 10 drownings on Kauai this year, and 9 in the past 9 weeks, the Senate is pitching an in-flight ocean safety video for all Hawaii bound planes.

A good lesson for all. Our cameras caught Spring breakers at Waikiki making a rookie mistake.

Surf instructor Louie Ferreira says, "You see a lot of people facing their backs to the oceans."

We spotted a woman standing on the break wall. All it would take is one wave to knock her off.

"They're not aware how our waves are" explains Ferreira. "Although they may look small, it packs quite a punch."

Waikiki's waves are mild compared to neighbor islands like Kauai. There have been ten drowning deaths on Kauai so far this year, most of them visitors.

Ferriera explained what makes the swell at Kalihiwai Bay especially hazardous. "It can be inconsistent and flat for 15 minutes. It can be as flat as this right here and all of sudden, there's 8 to 10 giant waves that will come, approach and hit those people."

That's what happened in January, when a rogue wave swept visitor Brian Baker out to sea. His friend went in after him and both drowned.

Drownings are such a concern in Kauai, this video produced by Dickie Chang will start showing next month at the Lihue airport baggage claim.

One segment warns about the dangerous waves, saying "Waves can come knock you off your feet. You can be swept into the ocean and get into trouble."

Now, there's a Senate resolution asking airlines to air ocean safety videos on all Hawaii-bound flights. Beach boys who witness close calls everyday say it's smart to educate all visitors so they're not caught off guard.

 

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