The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 7:53 p.m. for a missing surfer offshore of Waikiki near Duke’s lane. HFD responded with seven units staffed with approximately 24 personnel. The first unit arrived at the scene at 8:03 p.m., established command, and investigated further. It was reported that the swimmer, a 20-year-old female visitor, was last known to be surfing and was late.

An aerial search was initiated with a simultaneous platform search from the upper floors of a nearby hotel. Bystanders reported that the surfer was seen walking through a hotel lobby and she was found by ground crews at 8:28 p.m.

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