Man pulled from Lanai waters medevaced to Oahu
A 27-year-old Korean visitor, pulled from the water Saturday at Hulopoe Beach Park on Lanai after apparently diving into the water and hitting his head on the ocean bottom, has been flown to The Queens Medical Center on Oahu.
Medics responded to the call of a man not breathing after being pulled from the water, according to Ryan Joslin, spokesman for the Maui County Paramedics Association. Arriving at the scene at about 6 p.m., medics found a man severely short of breath and unable to move his arms and legs.
Bystanders said that the man dove into the water and struck his head on the ocean bottom, Joslin said. When the man did not surface, bystanders pulled him to shore.
The man was transported in critical but improving condition to Lanai Hospital and was later medevaced to Oahu.
Also responding to the call were hotel security from the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, firefighters and police officers, Joslin said.
Pizza sales to benefit Somos Ohana Nicaragua
Somos Ohana Nicaragua, a local nonprofit group that builds schools, supplies physical therapy services and offers scholarships in rural northwestern Nicaragua, will hold its annual fundraiser at Flatbread Co. on Tuesday evening.
A portion of the money from pizzas sold between 5 and 10 p.m. that day will be donated to the organization. The event also includes a silent auction and a sale of authentic Nicaraguan crafts.
Volunteers of the group based in Pukalani recently returned from their 13th consecutive summer of working with the people of small villages in the municipality of Villanueva, Department of Chinandega. For more information, contact Somos Ohana Nicaragua by phone at 572-9898 or go to the website www.somosohananicaragua.org.
Man found on highway apparently hit by car
The body of an elderly man, who was apparently struck by a vehicle, was found on Hana Highway fronting Baldwin Beach Park on Sunday night, said a Maui County Paramedics Association official.
Paramedics responded to a call of a man found unresponsive on the highway, said Ryan Joslin, spokesman for the Maui County Paramedics Association, on Sunday night. Medics arrived on the scene after 8:30 p.m. and found the man "in cardiopulmonary arrest and with multiple traumatic injuries," he said.
Given the extent of the injuries, resuscitation attempts were not initiated, he said.
"It was pretty apparent" that the man had been hit by a vehicle, Joslin said.
The paramedics were joined at the scene by firefighters and police.
Police are investigating the death.
Doctors Without Borders work to be discussed
A retired Pukalani surgeon will describe his volunteer work in Sudan, where violent protests have currently threatened the U.S. Embassy, at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 in the State Building, Room 3B.
Dr. Zacarias Asuncion will talk about his service with Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres. His presentation will cover four years of surgical experiences in the African countries of Liberia, Nigeria and South Sudan.