Scuba diver lost at sea for 10 hours rescued off Oahu
WAIALUA, Oahu - Coast Guard officials rescued a scuba diver Monday who was lost at sea off Oahu for nearly 10 hours.
The 45-year-old man was diving Sunday with a group of friends about a mile off Kaena Point, the westernmost tip of Oahu. Friends reported him missing around 3:30 p.m. after he failed to resurface as scheduled.
The Coast Guard calculated the man's probable location using a computer program then launched a search by boat and helicopter with the Honolulu Fire Department.
The helicopter found him after he used his dive flashlight to flag down rescuers, officials said. A rescue swimmer dropped into the water and stayed with the diver until a Coast Guard cutter arrived at 1:05 a.m. to pick him up.
The Coast Guard said the man appeared to be in good health.
Third Hawaii-based Marine will be tried in hazing case
HONOLULU - A third Hawaii-based Marine accused of hazing a fellow Marine who later committed suicide in Afghanistan will be tried in a general court-martial this week.
U.S. Marine Forces Pacific says the trial of Lance Cpl. Carlos Orozco III will start today in Kaneohe Bay.
The case involves the treatment of Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, who shot himself April 3.
Orozco has been charged with assault, humiliating Lew, cruelty and maltreatment. The charges allege he put his foot on Lew's back, ordered Lew to do push-ups, and poured sand into Lew's face.
A sergeant accused in the case was acquitted earlier this month. A lance corporal last month pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to 30 days' confinement and a reduction in rank to private first class.
Governor appoints Giugni to Aiea-Halawa House seat
HONOLULU - Gov. Neil Abercrombie has appointed producer Heather Giugni to the state House of Representatives.
Giugni will represent Aiea and Halawa, filling the seat recently vacated by former Rep. Tom Okamura. Okamura was appointed in January, but stepped down a few weeks later due to health reasons.
Giugni's upbringing helped define her commitment to uplifting youth and building a better future for Hawaii, he said. Her technology and communications skills will be an asset to the Legislature, he added.
Giugni, owner of Juniroa Productions, has 25 years of film and video experience. She is a founding member of Uluulu: The Henry K. Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawai'i and has worked on programs and documentaries highlighting Hawaii's history, culture and traditions.