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Park Service Pays $2 million To Settle Negligence Suit Out of Haleakala NP


Over the past five years the National Park Service has paid more than $4 million as the result of lawsuits following drownings at a popular swimming area in Haleakala National Park. After the most recent payment, of $2 million, the Park Service moved to adopt safety measures at Seven Sacred Pools.

The first payment, of $2.3 million, was ordered after a woman was swept out to sea in 2002. The most recent payment, agreed to last month, came after a father drowned while trying to save his 7-year-old son, who also was swept into the Pacific Ocean by a strong current flowing through the pools, which are part of Palikea Stream.

You can read about the settlement here.

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