East Hawaii News

Tour Van Rolls into Onomea Bay

June 2, 2015, 5:54 PM HST
* Updated June 3, 12:51 PM
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At about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, an unoccupied KapohoKine Adventures tour van rolled into Onomea Bay.

Company officials say the incident occurred at the Onomea Bay lookout.

A five-person tour group and guide were at the lookout 20-feet upland when the van rolled off the cliff bank.

No one was injured in the incident.

“We are thankful that no one was hurt,” said Tony DeLellis, co-owner of KapohoKine Adventures. “We have never had an accident with our tour vans and will conduct a thorough investigation into this isolated incident.”

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The group that was onboard the van prior to its fall decided they wanted to continue their tour and boarded a replacement van.

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According to company officials, the 2006 Ford E350 13-passenger van was in park with its engine on and emergency brake engaged when the incident occurred.

A safety consultant is currently looking into how to extract the van from the ocean area where it fell. The area is reportedly inaccessible to people due to rocky cliffs and rough waters.

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