Rotary clubs install rescue tubes at West Maui county beach parks
The three Rotary clubs of Lahaina recently installed 33 yellow rescue tubes at nine West Maui county beach parks. The rescue tubes are to provide assistance to swimmers in distress.
“We are very grateful to the strong encouragement and support from retired Battalion Chief Colin Yamamoto for the Rotary clubs to engage in this project,” said Darryl Ng, president of the Rotary Club of Lahaina. “Many Rotarians and friends of Rotary helped install these rescue tubes, and the warm reaction from the public is beyond words.”
“Lifeguards are doing an amazing job to cover the huge area of ocean, and we hope these rescue tubes will supplement their great work,” added Brian Beach, president of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise.
“We would like to encourage hotels and resorts to install rescue tubes at their properties, which literally saves lives. We will be happy to advise them how to install and maintain them,” said Heidi Dollinger, president of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.
Plans are underway for the clubs to produce a brochure and a video about the use of rescue tubes for visitors and residents alike.
Rotary clubs are accepting donations to install more rescue tubes, maintain them, and for public outreach. Donations of $175 to purchase one rescue tube or any amount to support this ongoing project are welcome. Contact Mariko Higashi, Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, at 866-8116 or firstname.lastname@example.org to donate or for more information regarding the Rescue Tube Project.