K-Bay Sailors Rescue Civilians To

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - May 20, 2009
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Hello Pamela, I read the comments from Michael W. Perry and others in your APPLAUSE column in MidWeek (“Rescuing The Perry Navy In Kaneohe Bay”). I’m glad boaters are keeping the aloha spirit alive and assisting one another while in distress. I wanted to let your readers know about one resource which is available to all boaters in distress in Kaneohe Bay, should they ever need assistance: the Waterfront Operations (WFO) department at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, led by Officer-in-Charge Ensign Pawel Oscik.

WFO is part of the Base’s Operations and Training Directorate, and is manned by sailors from the US Navy 24 hours, seven days a week. They have a threefold mission: water-borne search and rescue; emergency response for hazardous fluid spills or other environmental hazards; and enforcing security regulations. WFO conducts search and rescue missions approximately once every 10 days, and assists with towing and other boater-in-distress issues about 10 times each month.

Our dedicated sailors are an integral part of the MCB Hawaii team, and truly enjoy helping community members in need. They can be reached on VHF Radio Channels 16 and 82a, and via phone at 808-257-2941 (“Quarterdeck”/Head-quarters) or 808-330-5888 (WFO Command Duty Officer). I encourage all boaters to keep these numbers handy while on the beautiful waters of Kaneohe Bay. Should anyone ever need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact WFO - they are there to help!

Lt. Col. Glen Butler
Director, MCB Hawaii
Operations and Training

Dear Lt. Col. Butler,

Mahalo for the information on WFO that will assure safe and smooth sailing in Kaneohe Bay. MCB Hawaii continues to be a vital part of the Windward community.

three star

Dear Pamela,

I was treated by my two children to an experience of fine dining at a restaurant. We enjoyed a superb dinner till the fifth course and I suddenly didn’t feel well. Halfway through the delec-table desserts, I fainted. My freaked-out son called 911 immediately when I failed to respond.

What had happened is that the blood had rushed to the stomach where the action was. And in the course of the day’s excitement, I had neglected to drink enough water. I recovered a few minutes later, but was taken to Kaiser anyway for tests.

I wish to say thank you and applaud all the firefighters, ambulance crew and Kaiser Emergency, who did their jobs well and were so caring. The sole prescription was to drink more water to rehydrate. By the way, a firefighter had assessed that my son was too distraught to drive to Kaiser, so he asked for his car key to keep him safe! APPLAUSE to him for caring!

Agnes Toma

Dear Agnes,

Dr. Greg Strongosky, Emergency Department chief at Kaiser Moanalua, thanks you for recognizing the professional and compassionate care you received by the staff.

“With summer just around the corner,” he says, “your letter provides a timely reminder of the importance of hydrating with fluids on a regular basis during the course of the day, as dehydration can lead to muscle cramps and other ailments. We appreciate your note and our staff who cared for you will be pleased to hear that your evening with your children ended well. May you and your family be well and thrive.”

(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail pyoung@kitv.com. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)

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