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Honolulu Ocean Safety Rescues Two People Off the Mokulua Islands

March 8, 2023

Honolulu Ocean Safety rescued two people from the water off the backside of the Mokulua Islands. The call came in at 5:53 p.m. for a female, who was in extreme distress hanging onto a makeshift floatation device. The woman was attempting to kayak back to shore from the island in high winds when her kayak tipped over. A man, who had been surfing in the area, also got into trouble when he attempted to help her. She was not wearing a life-jacket.

The 911 call came in with very little information and did not have the ability to call back. 

Lifeguards via jet ski responded and after a quick search found and rescued the 30-year old female. She was close to drowning before lifeguards brought her into shore first, quickly administering medical treatment including oxygen. Lifeguards returned to rescue the male and also brought him to shore. 

Onshore, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services treated both patients. The woman, a visitor from France, suffered from extreme exhaustion, multiple lacerations and swallowed water. Paramedics administered advanced life support and transported her to an emergency room in serious condition. The 26-year old man, also suffered suffered multiple lacerations but declined transport to a hospital. 

Ocean Safety asks the public to please check weather conditions before going out into the ocean. Also always carry a cellphone and never hesitate to call 911 if you see someone in trouble in the water.