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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     May 12, 2007

 

 

CITY RE-OPENS HANAUMA BAY

AS BOX JELLYFISH INFLUX SUBSIDES

 

 

City Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services personnel along with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department have decided to re-open Hanauma Bay after finding no box jellyfish during their early morning assessment.

 

“The main influx of box jellyfish peaked yesterday but has dropped off considerably today,” said Bryan Cheplic, Public Information Officer for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department. “No box jellyfish were found during this mornings assessment so the decision was made to re-open Hanauma Bay to the public effective as of 6:00 a.m.”

 

Yesterday, more than 20 box jellyfish were found on the beach at Hanauma Bay with countless more spotted floating just offshore. More than 700 box jellyfish were also found on Waikiki Beach yesterday morning with more than 40 stings having to be treated by lifeguards throughout the day.   .

 

 

Lifeguards assess beaches for box jellyfish during the 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 public information regarding ocean conditions, advisories, and warnings, the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division provides a pre-recorded report which can be accessed 24 hours a day; at 922-3888 x 51 or visit our website:

 

http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/esd/oceansafety/boxjellymainpage.htm

 

 

Contact:

            Bryan Cheplic, HESD PIO (808) 723-7814

 

Monday, May 14, 2007

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