High surf advisory extended for north, west-facing shores

Waimea Bay

A high surf advisory for north- and west-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai and Oahu; and north-facing shores of Molokai and Maui, has been extended until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Waves are expected to be 15 to 20 feet Friday night and 10 to 15 feet Saturday for north-facing shores, and 10 to 14 feet Friday night and eight to 12 feet Saturday along west-facing shores.

According to Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services, there were two rescues on Oahu’s North Shore. Lifeguards also logged 1,120 preventative actions.

Officials say a 17-year-old male was pulled from the water at Waimea Bay at around 3:35 p.m. He got caught in the shore break, swallowed water and needed initial help breathing. He was transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition.

High surf has prompted Kauai officials to close all North Shore beaches from the Hanalei Pavilion to Kee Beach Friday.

Expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: Beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution.

The Coast Guard urges the public to know their limits, observe and heed all posted signs, flags and warnings and visit beaches with lifeguards. Additionally, stay clear of rocks and jetties and beware of undertow and riptides, even in shallow water.

Individuals who place themselves in a dangerous situation may also be placing the lives of first responders at risk.

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