Kauai officials welcome passage of lifeguard bill

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Kauai officials are celebrating the passage of a state measure that pushes back the sunset clause on a law allowing county lifeguards to operate on state beaches.

The Garden Island newspaper reports the state House last week passed a measure extending by three years the legal immunity given to county lifeguards working on state beaches. The bill has been sent to the governor.

Eight people drowned at Kee Beach, a state park on Kauai's north shore between 1970 and 2008. But no one has drowned there since lifeguards began looking out for people at the beach in 2008.

Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman says the county and Kauai's ocean safety bureau are pleased with the outcome. He says the measure helps lifeguards keep residents and visitors safe.

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