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Maui firefighter critically injured after being swept into storm drain by floodwaters

By KITV Web Staff

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    KIHEI, Hawaii (KITV) — A Maui firefighter is in critical condition after he was swept away by storm waters.

Maui County officials say the firefighter was responding to reports of flooded homes in Kihei when he was carried by waters and got caught in a 4-foot-wide storm drain. He was then swept out into the ocean.

Other firefighters rescued him and he was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center where he currently remains.

The firefighter has not yet been identified. So far, there have been no other reports of storm-related injuries to first responders or residents.

A Maui County spokesperson issued the following statement about this incident:

“[On Friday] afternoon a County of Maui firefighter responding with a crew to flooded residences in Kihei was caught in a 4-foot-wide storm drain and was carried by storm waters approximately 800 yards to where the drain emptied into the ocean. Firefighters and emergency personnel were able to retrieve the firefighter from the shoreline.

The firefighter was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition and remains under the care of physicians. Tonight the firefighter remains in critical condition.

Fire Chief Brad Ventura and Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr., immediately went to the hospital’s emergency room this afternoon to offer support to firefighters and family members who were there. We are focused on supporting the firefighter’s family and ask that our community join us in prayers for his recovery.”

The Maui Fire Department will investigate the cause of this incident.

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