Visitor rescued near Kauai swim spot

A yellow rescue buoy marks the spot where a Maryland man was picked up by a Jet Ski Friday afternoon. A firefighter who jumped into the water with the buoy waits safely beyond the whitewater for the Jet Ski to return for him. (Photo courtesy Kauai Fire Dept.)

The Kauai Fire Department reports that a 27-year-old visitor from Columbia, Maryland, was rescued from waters near Queen’s Bath on Kauai’s North Shore Friday afternoon.

He escaped with non-life threatening injuries.

Firefighters arrived first to the scene at approximately 1:20 p.m., after being notified of a swimmer in distress. Two firefighters jumped in to the rough water with a rescue tube, but the victim was having a difficult time holding on.

Lifeguards then arrived on Jet Ski and were able to bring the man safely to shore, where he was met by medics. The man showed signs of exhaustion and sustained abrasions. He was transported to Wilcox Hospital for further treatment.

There is a High Surf Advisory in effect for all north and west-facing shores, but the National Weather Service is predicting wave heights will hit warning levels again this weekend.

The National Weather Service warns that during a High Surf Warning, giant breaking surf, very large shore breaks, and dangerous currents will make it extremely hazardous to approach the shoreline. Those who ignore the warnings risk significant injury or death.

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