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Parents of N.Y. teen swept away criticize tour group

By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser


The parents of a New York teen swept out to sea in Hawaii are criticizing a tour company's handling of the search.

Fifteen-year-old Tyler Madoff's parents say Bold Earth Teen Adventures showed poor judgment and no staff members stayed at the site to search for their son.

Bold Earth Founder Abbott Wallis said Monday he understands the Madoffs' pain but says staff did everything they could.

Tyler was hiking on the west coast of the Big Island with the tour group Wednesday when waves swept him away.

Michael Madoff says he and his wife are flying back home in White Plains, N.Y., to be with their two other children.

Hawaii County Fire Battalion Chief Reuben Chun says the search will end at sundown Monday if there are no signs of Tyler.

The Coast Guard called off its own search on Thursday night, but HFD personnel, private boaters and volunteers have continued to scan the area in hopes of finding the boy.

HFD personnel conducted an aerial search from Keauhou to Hookena, extending four miles off shore on Sunday. Meanwhile, HFD divers searched waters 800 yards north from where Madoff was last seen to the Captain Cook monument. A ground search was also conducted along the same route.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Any relation to Bernie Madoff ?
on July 9,2012 | 08:29AM
lokela wrote:
They should not have been hiking there in the first place.
on July 9,2012 | 11:47AM
Ripoff wrote:
sad, but yup i agree
on July 9,2012 | 11:55AM
kahu808 wrote:
Let us commend those who spent countless hours searching for the victim. Nature is unpredictable and this is tragic. Our aloha to the family.
on July 9,2012 | 11:57AM
rayhawaii wrote:
I hope he swam to shore and is living off the land waiting to be rescued. I hope the best for him.
on July 9,2012 | 12:16PM
HAH? Living off the land?
on July 9,2012 | 04:28PM
false wrote:
Hope he shows up soon. Boaters can continue to look out for him. Maybe he found a log to float on. God bless. This community represented so many of us who watched with agony. Go in peace.
on July 9,2012 | 04:58PM
localguy wrote:
Sad to say our state does a lousy job of warning tourist to the water dangers of our islands. Too afraid to show the true hazards on incoming flights, afraid it would scare away tourists. I have a Power Point presentation on Island Hazards all new Soldiers are shown. It covers how dangerous Sandy Beach is for neck injuries, kayaking, off limits trails, ocean hazards, on and on. Since we started this, only one Soldier was lightly injured at an unauthorized ocean jump site. Yes, he admitted he saw the sign saying to stay off. So why don't we better warn tourists on how to stay alive on our islands. Same reason we think Click it Or Ticket is a joke, cops giving tickets while trucks drive by with unbelted children all over the truck bed. We truly haven't got a clue what safety is.
on July 9,2012 | 07:54PM
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