On Monday, October 11, 2021 the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:55 a.m. for divers in distress near Kaaawa. Six resource units staffed with approximately 17 personnel responded to the emergency. The first HFD unit arrived at the scene at 12:00 p.m. and confirmed that a paddle boarder and two divers were approximately 1000 feet offshore and were not making progress inland against the ocean current and strong trade winds.
While the HFD’s Air 3 and Rescue 1 Boat were en route to the scene, two fire fighters from the first-arriving unit entered the ocean with a rescue board and made contact with the group at 12:29 p.m. An Ocean Safety lifeguard on a paddle board and accompanying rescue watercraft team arrived at the ocean scene a short time later to assist with bringing the divers, paddle boarder, and HFD fire fighters to shore. Air 3 and onboard rescue personnel provided aerial surveillance and support as a contingency plan. All arrived safely onshore at 12:43 p.m and did not require any medical attention.