Watercraft expected to make rescues faster, easier

Watercraft expected to make rescues faster, easier

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County ocean safety officers will be able to use rescue watercraft in time for this summer's hurricane season and peak water recreation time.

West Hawaii Today reports the Hawaii County Fire Department is wrapping up a five-week training session with lifeguards this week. Fire officials plan to have the watercraft, commonly called Jet Skis, deployed on Hapuna and Pohoiki beaches this summer.

Special Operations Battalion Chief Gerald Kosaki says getting the watercraft has been a long time coming. He says the cost has previously held the county back.

Kosaki spoke with Mayor Billy Kenoi about getting watercraft to the Big Island, and $320,000 was put into the Ocean Safety Division operating budget last year to launch the Jet Ski service.

There are six watercraft units in Oahu.

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