HFD RESCUES DISTRESSED SWIMMERS AT CHINA WALLS

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 7:19 p.m. for two swimmers in distress in waters off of a popular scenic location called “China Walls.” Six resource units staffed with 20 personnel responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 7:26 p.m. and performed a rapid shoreline search. They made visual contact and inserted two swimmers at 7:29 p.m.

Rescue personnel initiated an aerial search with Air 1 while fire fighters established a landing zone. Both swimmers were brought ashore by 7:42 p.m. near the “Two Fingers” surf spot. A rapid assessment was made where the female patient was assessed with minor injuries and the male patient had no injuries.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived at the scene and patient care was transferred to EMS at 7:58 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.