Company Permit Revoked after Teen Swept Out to Sea

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources has revoked a permit for the kayak tour company that led a group of teens when one from New York was swept out to sea on the Big Island.

A lawyer for Hawaii Pack and Paddle tried to postpone Friday's decision. Lawyer Bob Frame says the teens pressured the guides to deviate from the route but he needs more time to find out what happened.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources recommended revoking the permit after three violations on July 4, when 15-year-old Tyler Madoff was swept away by large waves. His body was never found and he is presumed dead.

The family of the teen from White Plains, N.Y., filed a lawsuit claiming tour guides were negligent.

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