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On October 25th, the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services and Honolulu Ocean Safety responded to a 30-year old surfer who suffered an apparent shark bite to his leg. The 911 call came in just after 3:00 p.m., at a spot called Pua'ena Point. Surfers assisted the man to shore, placing a tourniquet on the his right leg. […]
On October 29th, around 1:00 p.m., Honolulu Ocean Safety co-responded with the Honolulu Fire Department to three adults, one male and two females, who were in a dangerous location on the backside of Moku Nui, the larger of the two Mokulua Islands, Ocean Safety responded via jet ski and made contact with the patients. After assessing the patients medically, Ocean […]
On October 19th, just before 6:00 p.m., Honolulu Ocean Safety and the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services responded to a 24-year old New York visitor who jumped off the rock ledge at China Walls, hit his head, knocking him unconscious. Surfers quickly paddled to the man, kept him afloat and brought him to shore on their surfboards. EMS […]
----Update #3 As of 4:00 p.m., Honolulu Ocean Safety rescued 15 people from the high surf and made more than 800 preventative actions along the north shore.  ----Update #2EMS continued treatment en route to an area emergency room. The patient was listed in serious condition. ----Honolulu Ocean Safety saved a 54-year old woman this morning who was pulled underwater in rough conditions at Sharks […]
Honolulu Ocean Safety responded to a missing free diver, 64, Tuesday evening in the waters north of the Hau'ula Community Park. The 911 call came in just before 6:15 p.m. Lifeguards found the man 100-150 yards offshore and brought him to shore, where they performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The Honolulu Emergency Medical Services responded and transported the man to an area hospital in […]
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Family posing with rescuers

Survivor Reunion Stories

Honolulu Emergency Medical Services and Honolulu Ocean Safety have played a vital role in countless survivor stories throughout their rich histories. Read some of the heartwarming survivor stories that have been documented over the years.
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Media Coverage

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National Telecommunications Week 2023: What to know before you need to call 911.

KHON interviews Ocean Safety dispatcher to learn how to be prepared when calling 911 for an ocean emergency.
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Iolani School Teacher Saves Life Of Elderly Choking Victim

Honolulu EMS talks to HNN about the importance of knowing life-saving measures and thanks the Good Samaritan for stepping in to help.
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Hawaii sees dramatic increase in fentanyl-related overdoses reported in September

The deadly drug fentanyl has surfaced in Honolulu. Hawaii News Now talks to EMS about what crews are seeing on the road.
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Preliminary Investigations Find Oxygen Connection Started Ambulance Fire 

Separate investigations conducted on the fire that erupted in an EMS ambulance in August 2022, found it sparked when the main oxygen link was connected to a portable oxygen tank. 
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HESD Director Gives Update On The EMS Ambulance Fire

Honolulu Emergency Services Department Director Jim Ireland gives an update on the tragic ambulance fire, that left a patient dead and an EMS paramedic critically injured. 
Read the update on the EMS ambulance fire

Scores of Ocean Rescues Made on Oʻahu’s South Shore During ‘Historic’ South Swell

Warnings about a “historic” south swell with waves approaching 20 feet and dangerous rip currents predictably did little to keep surfers out of the water Saturday, leaving Honolulu Ocean Safety personnel to handle the consequences.
Read About the historic swell

Ocean Safety Crews Report a Busy Day in Oʻahu’s Waters

Honolulu Ocean Safety lifeguards made a number of rescues today around Oʻahu of people in the ocean who found themselves in trouble.
Read about the rescues

At 10, He’s Credited With Saving His Mom’s Life. All in a Day’s Work for This ‘Junior Paramedic’

Cody Agnell helped save his mom's life with his quick thinking and call to 911.
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