FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2007
Release No. ESD-04-07
BOX JELLYFISH INFLUX PROMPTS
CLOSURE OF HANAUMA BAY FOR A SECOND DAY
City Ocean Safety Division lifeguards have closed Hanauma Bay for a second consecutive day after more than 20 box jellyfish were found in the water and or washed up on the beach this morning.
“Water Safety Officers as well as City Parks and Recreation personnel found numerous box jellyfish in the water and along the beach during their assessment this morning,” said Bryan Cheplic, public information officer for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department. “In the interest of public safety the decision was made to close Hanauma Bay for a second day.”
The box jellyfish were found before the bay opened, and no stings were reported.
The situation will again be assessed tomorrow morning and a decision will be made then whether to keep Hanauma Bay closed or reopen it to the public.
Lifeguards assess beaches for box jellyfish during the monthly alert period. If box jellyfish are discovered, warning signs are posted as warranted.
Persons stung by box jellyfish are advised to flush the sting area with copious amounts of white vinegar. Anyone experiencing breathing difficulty, muscle cramps/spasms, and/or persistent pain are advised to seek immediate medical attention. Lifeguard stations are supplied and equipped to treat this type of marine sting.
For information regarding ocean conditions, advisories and warnings, the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division provides a recorded report that can be accessed 24 hours a day; at 922-3888 ext. 51 or visit http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/esd/oceansafety/boxjellymainpage.htm.
Bryan Cheplic, HESD PIO (808) 723-7814