MISSING SWIMMER FOUND IN WATERS OUTSIDE OF KO OLINA

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 8:09 p.m. for an overdue
snorkeler. Five units staffed with approximately 16 personnel responded, with the first
HFD crew arriving at 8:18 p.m.

The first arriving HFD crew established command and met with the caller to confirm the
description of the overdue snorkeler and last known location. The caller reported that
the snorkeler, a 22-year-old male, was last seen swimming with a group in Ko Olina
Lagoon 4 approximately two hours prior to the 911 call. The caller also stated that the
snorkeler was not a very good swimmer.

Shortly after arrival, the first HFD unit quickly initiated a shoreline search of Ko Olina
Lagoon 4 and scanned the waters outside of the breakwater structures of Ko Olina
Lagoon 4. The shoreline search expanded to Ko Olina Lagoon 3 and the nearby
coastline. HFD’s Drone 1 (D1) arrived on scene and assisted with the search for the
missing snorkeler.

The HFD’s Air 3 (A03) helicopter picked up two rescue specialists and proceeded to the
incident location where they initiated their search. A Landing Zone (LZ) was established
in an open field just north of the vehicle parking entrance to Ko Olina Lagoon 4.
At 9:00 p.m. the body of the missing swimmer was located by A03, approximately 50
yards offshore from Ko Olina Lagoon 4. A03 airlifted the missing snorkeler to shore
where he was pronounced deceased by Emergency Medical Services. HFD concluded
operations shortly thereafter, with no reports of injuries.

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

  • Stay within your fitness and swimming abilities
  • Avoid areas with moving water, waves, or rip currents