Crash traumatic for Fuddy - autopsy
HONOLULU (AP) - Details in the autopsy report of Hawaii's former health director who died after a plane's ocean landing reveal how traumatic the ordeal was for her.
The autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press on Monday says Loretta Fuddy was "markedly afraid" while waiting for help to arrive after the small plane crashed off Molokai on Dec. 11.
The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of an unmanned adrift, black and gray inflatable dinghy found approximately 2 1/2 miles west of Kaanapali on Monday morning.
U.S. Coast Guard photo
The report says the 65-year-old Fuddy was a "rudimentary swimmer" who never swam in the ocean.
Maui police have said her death was the result of an irregular heartbeat triggered by stress. The autopsy says the acute cardiac arrhythmia was due to hyperventilation.
The pilot and seven other passengers on the Makani Kai Air flight survived without major injuries.
Maui County cites privacy laws for redacting significant portions of the report.
Grazing health workshop set for Friday
A grazing lands health workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Piiholo Ranch.
The U.S. Agriculture Department Natural Resources Conservation Service is partnering with the Hawaii Cattlemen's Council and the Hawaii Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative to provide the hands-on workshop for ranchers and land managers on Maui.
"This is an exciting opportunity to learn from the best," said Christine Clarke, acting director for the NRCS Pacific Islands Area. "NRCS continues to support land/pasture systems, animal performance improvement on grazing land, stocking rates and improving grazing strategies."
Registration through the Hawaii Cattlemen's Council is $30 per person or $50 per couple; the course typically costs $160 per person, but the conservation service and conservation initiative are helping to underwrite the cost.
Registration covers materials and beverages.
To preregister, which is required, contact the Hawaii Cattlemen's Council at (808) 885-5599.
PTSD care groups topic of workshop
A workshop to train members of churches and other organizations to lead post-traumatic stress disorder care groups will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Living Way Church Maui in Happy Valley.
Point Man Ministries is partnering with Living Way Church Maui to present the "Bridges to Healing" workshop. The keynote speaker will be Pastor Damien Wong of Kona Life Church, who will speak on spiritual healing for wounded veterans.
According to the Department of Defense, PTSD is affecting 20 percent or more of returning warriors, veterans and their families. Of these suffering with PTSD, two out of three of their marriages are failing and many are committing suicide.
Coffee and refreshments will be served. Living Way Church Maui is located at 399 N. Market St. For more information, call Ed Gazmen at 276-8373.
MEO seeking input for resource center
Maui Economic Opportunity has begun collecting public and transportation provider input for the development of a "One-Call/One-Click" transportation resource center for Maui County.
The proposed service will offer residents a single point of contact for transportation resources, the survey said.
The initiative specifically seeks to capture information about the current transportation needs of veterans, military members and their families, as well as from any Maui resident with a current or future interest in public or private transportation services.
The surveys will close March 24.
For more information, contact MEO Chief Executive Officer Lyn McNeff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 249-2990.
Submissions being sought for fun guide
The Maui News will be publishing a Summer Fun Guide of activities for children and teens on April 13.
The deadline to submit information is noon April 2.
Submit the following:
* Name of program and for what ages.
* Sponsoring organization or business.
* Program times and dates.
* Location of the program.
* Description of program.
* Cost of the program.
* Contact information.
Information may be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 242-9087 or mailed to Summer Fun Guide, The Maui News, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.
Photos may be submitted for use on a space-available basis. Shots of people doing things are preferable; group shots are unlikely to be used. Photos may be emailed in digital tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.
Police seek help in ID'ing dinghy's owner
The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help in identifying the owner of an unmanned adrift, black and gray inflatable dinghy found approximately 2 1/2 miles west of Kaanapali on Monday morning.
No one has been reported missing or in distress in the area, the Coast Guard added.
The Molokai Princess ferry reported the dinghy adrift at about 7:45 a.m. Monday. The ferry took it in tow back to Kaunakakai Harbor.
The dinghy is about 10 feet long with a 6-horsepower outboard engine. There are no markings on the vessel, and the oars and equipment in the dinghy appear to be stowed. The vessel appears to have broken free from another vessel, the Coast Guard said.
Anyone with information that may help identify the dinghy owner should call Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.