The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:43 p.m. for a swimmer in distress in waters off of a popular scenic location called “China Walls.” Six resource units staffed with approximately 20 personnel responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 1:44 p.m. and performed a rapid shoreline search. After completing a rescue incident at Wa’ahila ridge, Air 1 and Rescue 1 intercepted this incident from assigned resources, including Air 3, because they were already outfitted for immediate response and their response was quicker than the normal assignment.

HFD personnel arrived at China Walls at approximately 1:58 p.m. They found that the swimmer, a female visitor who had entered the water at “China Walls”, had self-extricated and was not injured. Emergency Medical Services were not required. 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 tips:

  • Do not climb on wet rocks or ledges.
  • Avoid areas with moving water, waves, or rip currents.
  • Wet rocks and ledges indicate a wave has recently washed upon them.
  • Stay within your fitness and swimming abilities.