HFD RESCUES DISTRESSED SWIMMER IN WATERS OFF HAWAII KAI

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 6:57 p.m. for a swimmer in
distress in waters 50 feet off of a popular scenic location called “Spitting Caves.”

Six resource units staffed with approximately 20 personnel responded. The first unit arrived
at the scene at 7:01 p.m., established command, and inserted a fire fighter into the water
shortly after arrival. It was reported that the swimmer, a 24-year-old male had entered the
water and was unable to exit the water due to rough ocean conditions.

HFD’s Air 1 was diverted from an injured hiker rescue and inserted a rescue specialist into
the water fronting “Spitting Caves.” Air 1 then airlifted the swimmer from the water to Koko
Head District Park, transferring care to Emergency Medical Services at 7:14 p.m. 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:

  • Do not climb on wet rocks or ledges
  • Wet rocks and ledges indicate a wave has recently washed upon them.
    These areas can become slippery, or you may also be struck and knocked
    over by a wave, resulting in a fall or other injury.
  • Stay within your fitness and swimming abilities.
  • Avoid areas with moving water, waves, or rip currents.

The Honolulu Fire Commission is accepting applications for the Fire Chief position.

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