The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 8:29 this morning after bystanders noticed a swimmer face down in the water at the surf spot known as Ala Moana Bowls.

Three units, staffed with 11 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at 8:35 a.m. and swam out to make contact with the patient, who’s a local male in his 50s and known to surf in the area, at 8:38 a.m.

Bystanders in the water had heard calls for help and swam over to the patient. Because it was low tide, they were able to crisscross two surfboards to form an “X” then placed the patient on top. One man paddled the patient closer to shore while the other man performed CPR on the patient.

Lifeguards with Ocean Safety also responded and came upon the patient. HFD rescue specialists transferred the patient onto the Ocean Safety’s jet ski to quickly bring the patient to shore.

Patient care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 8:39 a.m.