The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 8:43 a.m. for a missing swimmer in waters off of the Kaiwi Shoreline, located in Hawaii Kai, with seven units staffed with approximately 24 personnel.

The first unit arrived at the scene at 8:59 a.m., established command, and investigated further.  It was reported that the swimmer, a 21-year-old female resident, was last seen standing on a ledge near the water and had been swept into the water by a wave.  She was with her two adult female friends, one of whom had called 911 to report the emergency.

Fire fighters initially proceeded up the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail to the tide pools, where the call had originally been located, but then rerouted to the Alan Davis area of the Kaiwi shoreline with updated information from the 911 caller.  The fire fighters located the caller and began a shoreline search.  The HFD’s Air 1 proceeded to a landing zone at the nearby Sandy Beach Park and transported rescue specialists to conduct an aerial search where the swimmer was last seen.  Ocean Safety utilized their rescue watercrafts to assist with the water search and the U.S. Coast Guard utilized their helicopter to also assist with the aerial search.

At 9:55 a.m. the body of the missing swimmer was located approximately half a mile from the Alan Davis shoreline by Ocean Safety and was brought to shore at Sandy Beach Park at 10:07 a.m. where she was pronounced deceased by Emergency Medical Services.  HFD fire fighters safely escorted the two friends back to their vehicles.

The HFD urges the public to practice safe recreational beach activities:

  • 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 can 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