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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, July 25, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Tour boat rider pulled from water

A 37-year-old woman tourist from Edmond, Okla., was in critical condition at the St. Francis West Medical Center yesterday after her rescue off Makaha Beach.

The woman, who was a passenger of a tour boat but was found floating after 10 a.m., was brought to shore, where fire rescue crews, lifeguards and the Emergency Medical Services paramedics worked to revive her, said Donald Gates EMS assistant chief of operations.

The tour boat usually makes an excursion off Makaha and Ka'ena Point, said Jim Howe, chief of operations for Honolulu's Ocean Safety Division. Howe said the boat anchors during its excursion to allow passengers to swim and snorkel, but it was unclear how the woman got into trouble.

She was found unresponsive and not breathing, but emergency workers were able to get a pulse on her, Howe said.

The woman was found about 300 to 400 yards offshore, according to a fire official.

She was taken in critical condition to the Wai'anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and then was transferred to St. Francis West Medical Center.

Kalihi bank robber hits Central Pacific

Authorities were searching for a man who robbed the Kalihi branch of Central Pacific Bank yesterday morning.

The robbery at 2024 N. King St. occurred at about 10:35 a.m. when the man entered the bank, walked up to the teller and demanded money. The teller handed over some money and the man fled.

Police described the robber as being in his 50s, 5 feet tall, 120 to 130 pounds, with a slim build. He has brown eyes and a salt-and-pepper goatee and was wearing a blue, long-sleeved, hooded sweatshirt and pants.

Anyone with any information on the bank robbery can call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.