More rescue tube kiosks coming throughout Hawaii

Published: Jun. 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM HST
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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The executive director of a Kauai foundation trying to prevent drownings says rescue tube kiosks that have worked on Kauai are coming to other islands.

The Garden Island reported Thursday that Branch Lotspeich of Rescue Tube Foundation says he wants to see several hundred more rescue tubes around the islands, with Maui next on the foundation's radar.

The foundation says the tubes are personal flotation devices that help stabilize swimmers before they're rescued by lifeguards. There are more than 230 tubes on Kauai's beaches. And the foundation says the tubes have reportedly been used in 65 rescues and prevented an estimated 18 drownings in less than 4 years.

The group is discussing installing the tubes on Oahu, and about 50 more tubes are being installed across the state.

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