The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 5:44 p.m. for a windsurfer in distress in waters off the Kahala area. Four resource units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded to the ocean rescue call. Because of the 20 mph offshore winds, the first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 5:54 p.m. and positioned themselves in the most ideal position possible to assist the windsurfer. HFD’s Air 2 arrived in the area at approximately 5:59 p.m. and spotted the windsurfer in waters offshore of Waialae Iki. The windsurfer appeared to be struggling with his equipment and was unable to return to shore on his own. Air 2 inserted a rescue specialist who assisted the windsurfer toward shore with his disabled surfboard gear. The windsurfer and HFD personnel arrived safely onshore at the Waialae Beach Park at approximately 6:24 p.m. The windsurfer, a local male, was not injured and the services of Emergency Medical Services were not requested. HFD personnel concluded the incident with no reports of injuries.
The HFD urges the public to practice safe recreational beach activities and provides the following safety tip:
— Always notify someone of your planned activity so if you get into trouble and need assistance they know where to send help.