KIHEI, Hawaii (KHON2) — Maui County Officials said that a firefighter who was swept out to sea while responding to emergency calls during today’s flash flood in Kihei is in critical condition.
Officials said the firefighter was responding with a crew to flooded residences when he was caught up in a four-foot-wide storm drain.
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The storm waters carried him approximately 800 yards to where the drain empties into the ocean. The incident occurred around 1 p.m. according to officials.
His crew was able to retrieve the firefighter from the shoreline.
He was then transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. He remains in the care of physicians.
Officials said that Fire Chief Brad Ventura and Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr. immediately went to the hospital to support the firefighter’s family.
UPDATE: The Firefighter has been identified by Maui County Officials. His name is Tre Evans-Dumaran, and he is 24-years-old. He has been with MFD for three years.
Today, Jan. 30, Officials said that Evans-Dumaran remains in critical condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center’s intensive care unit. They said that he is making progress, although it is slow.
“We are grateful and humbled by the support of our community and send our deepest appreciation to everyone. Tre’s ‘ohana and our family of firefighters, together with our community are at his side in prayer and spirit to help him get through the difficult days ahead of recovery. He’s not out of the woods yet, but every day brings hope and every day we offer our prayers to give him strength,” said Fire Chief Brad Ventura.
“So many in our community, myself and my own family as well, are holding Tre in our good thoughts and continuing to pray for his well-being. The days and weeks ahead will be important ones for him and his ‘ohana. It’s uplifting that we are all focused on his recovery and encouraged by his progress,” said Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr.
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Officials said the family is expected to launch a Go Fund Me page this week to help pay for the firefighter’s care and rehabilitation.