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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        July 7, 2006

Release M-79-06




Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Congressman Neil Abercrombie and officials of the Honolulu Emergency Services Department will participate in a ceremony Saturday, July 8, 2006, to accept American Honda Motor Company’s loan of a personal watercraft to the City for a year.


The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. near the ewa end of Ala Moana Beach, at lifeguard tower 1B.


Abercrombie spearheaded the effort to secure this loan of a Honda Aquatrax through the Personal Watercraft Industry Association, whose goal is to demonstrate the vital role personal watercraft can have in public safety and rescue operations. 


“Each year, lifeguards of our Ocean Safety Division perform more than 1,500 lifesaving rescues and treat 12,000 medical cases of injury and illness.  The addition of this personal watercraft will help ensure that this level of safety is maintained for both residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Hannemann. “The City is grateful to Congressman Abercrombie, the Personal Watercraft Industry Association, the American Honda Motor Company and Pflueger Honda, its distributor here, for this generous loan.”


The Honda Aquatrax will be utilized by the Ocean Safety Division of the Honolulu Emergency Services Department to help guard the over 198 miles of coastline on OahuOcean Safety Division Administrator Ralph Goto will determine how best to deploy the Aquatrax during the one-year loan program.      


“We are pleased to have another resource with which to keep the community safe,” said Goto. “This watercraft will help us maintain the internationally recognized and respected role Honolulu’s lifeguards have played in the use of personal watercraft in ocean safety and rescue applications.”


Also participating in Saturday’s ceremony will be Dr. Elizabeth Char, director of the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, which consists of the Ocean Safety and Emergency Medical Services divisions.





Bryan Cheplic, HESD Public Information Officer, 831-4383

        Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 527-6928

Friday, July 07, 2006

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