STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDER RESCUED AT KEEHI LAGOON

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:12 p.m. for a stand-up paddle boarder in distress Keehi Lagoon near the Airport. Four resource units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 2:19 p.m. HFD personnel established command, and one firefighter paddled out on a rescue board to the victim’s position.

It was reported that the stand-up paddle boarder, male, approximately 40 years old, fell off his board and began calling for help. Nearby airfoil surfers heard his cries and called 911. They began making their way to the victim and took about 3-5 minutes to make contact. Upon reaching his location, they found that the victim was unresponsive. They placed him on his paddle board and began CPR. Upon arrival at their location, HFD personnel placed the victim on the rescue board and began paddling back to shore. While en route, Ocean Safety personnel on a jet ski picked up the firefighter and the victim and transported them the rest of the way.

When they arrived on shore, fire crews performed CPR on the victim until the arrival of an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) unit. Patient care was transferred to EMS personnel at 2:35 p.m. He was transported to an area hospital, status unknown.