Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-21 02:34:46 –
Honolulu Ocean Safety today announced that due to staff shortages, lifeguard towers around Oahu may be temporarily or intermittently closed.
Officials said the closure would be strategic and cautious, with the least amount of marine activity expected for the day.
Ocean Safety, a division of the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, currently has 241 full-time lifeguards covering 227 miles of coastline, but a new “dawn to dusk” that requires more coverage during the summer. Demand is increasing due to the obligation of. An additional mobile answering unit for answering 911 calls.
The planned closure is in the city HNL.Info An app that provides customized alerts on traffic, weather and sea safety.
For example, today a morning warning informs users that Lifeguard Tower 31B on Laniakea Beach and 27 on Kewaena or Rockpile on the North Shore of Oahu are closed.
In a news release, Honolulu Director of Marine Safety, John Titchen, said, “As we expand our program to provide more coverage throughout the day, if we want to relocate personnel that will lead to the closure of the tower, seamen and beaches. It’s important to contact your users. ” “I’m particularly interested in working actively on these announcements as I prepare for the’winter surf’on the North Shore and the Leeward Coast. “
Ocean Safety may close one or two towers a day on average, and may not close on some days, officials say. There are 41 lifeguard towers on Oahu, with additional mobile lifeguards patrolling daily.
Mobile guards patrol beaches where all-terrain vehicles and trucks do not have towers.
It’s a good idea to look for the beach where the guard tower is located. If you’re worried about getting into the water or have a reservation, officials say. Current business hours are 9 AM to 5:30 PM daily. Also, if someone needs help at sea, the general public should always call 911 immediately.
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