Hawaii County settles suit over beach drowning

Hawaii County settles suit over beach drowning

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman whose husband drowned in Punaluu Black Sand Beach during their 2008 honeymoon.

West Hawaii Today reports the County Council settled the lawsuit last week with Catherine Sneyers, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. The settlement comes after Sneyers appealed 3rd Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara's February ruling dismissing the case.

Sneyers and her 40-year-old husband, Edward McCarthy-Slaughter, had been snorkeling when he drowned about 100 yards offshore. They had entered an area of water not owned by the county.

Sneyers argued that the county was responsible for posting surf warning signs in the area.

Hara had ruled that the county's duty stopped at property lines.

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