Researcher suggests more specific ocean warnings

Published: Aug. 3, 2011 at 2:39 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 3, 2011 at 2:49 AM HST
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KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Drownings on Kauai have doubled over a 40 year period. That is according to a study by a Kauai man who suggests warning signs with specific information about the beaches where the signs are posted would help save lives.

Charles Blay, a geologist and educator who has spent a decade studying drownings on Kauai, said the dangers vary from beach to beach. He said if the dangers at specific locations are easily available, people would be less likely to put themselves at risk.

Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman told Hawaii News Now he supports Blay's suggestion.

"We on the water safety task force, the Kauai Water Safety Task Force, have been working on building some kiosks that do just exactly that, where it identifies a hazard on a particular beach," Westerman said.

Westerman suggests anyone unfamiliar with conditions at a Kauai beach they plan to visit should That web site contains information about changing ocean conditions and seasonal surf trends.

Blay said about ¾ of the people who drown in the ocean off Kauai are tourists, most of whom are probably unfamiliar with conditions at the beach where they died.

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