Two rescued in waters off East Oahu as holiday weekend begins

Crews rushed to East Oahu Friday to rescue a woman at Makapuu Tidepools.

The call came in at around 11:15 a.m. after a female visitor in her 20s was hit by a wave.

She was taken by a watercraft from the tidepools to Sandy Beach, where Emergency Medical Services treated minor injuries to her head, but she did not need to be taken to the hospital.

Then, at around 11:50 a.m., ocean safety responded to a call of a 51-year old man who hit his head on the shoreline at Makapuu Beach.

Crews treated the patient and transferred care to EMS. He was transported to a trauma center in serious condition.

Ocean safety and EMS officials say this is one of their busiest weekends.

“We tend to get more and more injuries because the smaller days don’t look nearly as dangerous, so they look more inviting, but one, they’re breaking right on the dry sand making it more dangerous, and two, people get lulled into a false sense of security thinking because it’s not big, it’s a lot safer,” said Aka Tamashiro of Ocean Safety.

Lifeguards say you should always do your research before jumping in the water and, even if you’ve been to that beach before, make sure conditions are safe for swimming.

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