Shortly after the Molokai Princess ferry left Kaunakakai Harbor at 4 p.m. Friday, Molokai resident Imua Mawae jumped overboard in an attempt to escape police custody.
Mawae, 27, was in the process of being transported from Molokai to Maui on an unrelated bench warrant arrest on Nov. 22, according to Maui Police Lt. William Juan. Soon after leaving Kaunakakai Wharf, Mawae complained that he was suffering from seasickness and asked to use the restroom.
While an officer stood near the restroom door, Mawae jumped over the railing of the ferry and into the ocean. He then made a short swim back toward the shore but was quickly located and placed back into custody without further incident. The Maui News reported that Mawae was still handcuffed when he jumped overboard, according to an anonymous ferry worker.
Mawae was arrested for Escape in the Second Degree. His bail was set at $2,000.