A claim circulating on social media alleges that U.S. Navy SEALs rescued 15 children, who were locked in cages at a Honolulu warehouse, after they went missing in Maui. The Associated Press (AP) has debunked this claim, highlighting its origin from Real Raw News, a website known for satire and fabricated stories. Maui’s police chief confirmed the events described in the story are fictitious.
- The claim suggesting Navy SEALs rescued 15 caged children in Honolulu originated from a parody site, Real Raw News.
- Maui’s police chief, John Pelletier, has publicly stated that the story’s events are not true.
- An official list released after the Maui wildfires showed only one minor unaccounted for, contradicting the story’s claim of 15 missing children.
- Real Raw News is notorious for posting made-up stories, often citing anonymous sources without credible evidence.
- This debunking is part of AP’s ongoing effort to counter widely shared misinformation online.