A teenager is lucky that lifeguards were nearby to rescue him when he was swept out to sea near Shark’s Cove in Pupukea.
The Honolulu Emergency Services Dept. reports that around 11 a.m. Friday a male, around 17 years of age, went into the ocean at an unguarded beach near the cove. Ocean Safety lifeguards, who were on patrol on an all-terrain vehicle, warned him and his friends that conditions were treacherous and to stay out of the water.
Shortly after the lifeguards left, the teen and his friends went to take pictures in the shore break and he was swept away by a large wave.
A witness ran about half a mile to the nearest lifeguard tower, at Kewaena, and notified lifeguards. Two lifeguards drove out in an ATV and then swam to the teen. Lifeguards stabilized the teen in the water and a rescue water craft was deployed from Waimea Bay. The rescuers met the boy and lifeguards and took the teen to shore at Waimea Bay.
Due to quick action by lifeguards, no medical attention was needed.
Conditions were hazardous with wave faces between 20 to 30 feet and on-shore winds around 10 to 20 miles per hour. Lifeguards have described the waves as “unruly” and want to urge beachgoers to listen to lifeguards on duty and to heed their warnings.