The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 12:39 p.m. for a swimmer in
distress at Lualualei Beach Park in Waianae. Eight resource units staffed with
approximately 23 personnel responded. The first HFD unit arrived at the reported
location at 12:44 p.m., but was then sent to an updated location provided by the
Upon arrival at the updated location, HFD and Ocean Safety crews found an
unresponsive male free diver, approximately in his late 50’s, who was brought to shore
by a bystander. After patient contact, HFD and Ocean Safety crews promptly initiated
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) protocols.
While providing life-sustaining treatment for the first diver, the Ocean Safety reported
bringing to shore a second unresponsive male free diver, who was found about 10 yards
offshore. HFD and Ocean Safety crews quickly initiated CPR for the second diver as
soon as he was brought ashore. The second diver appeared to be approximately
The Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene and assumed care of both
patients at 12:53 p.m. It is unknown how the two male divers became unresponsive,
however, ocean conditions appeared to be rough due to large wave activity.
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.
- Wet rocks and ledges indicate a wave has recently washed upon them.
- Avoid slippery areas where you may fall, get struck or knocked over by a wave.
- Stay within your fitness and swimming abilities.
- Avoid areas with moving water, waves, or rip currents.