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On Saturday, March 2nd, Honolulu Ocean Safety, the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services and the  Honolulu Fire Department responded to a possible shark bite. The 911 call came in just before 1:30 p.m., for an 11-year old girl who may have suffered a shark bite to her left foot at spot known as “Rainbows” in Ka‘a‘awa […]
On Monday, February 25th, Honolulu Ocean Safety responded to a 25-year old surfer who was found unresponsive by surfers at Pipeline. The 911 call came in just after 6:30 p.m. The tower at 'Ehukai Beach closed at 6:30 p.m. but lifeguards were still in the parking lot and ran down the beach to help. Surfers helped bring the man close to shore, and with lifeguards […]
On Wednesday, January 31st, Honolulu Ocean Safety responded to an unresponsive swimmer off of Waikīkī Beach. The call came in just before 3:45 p.m. The man was said to be swimming roughly 150 yards offshore when bystanders noticed him in trouble. Lifeguards paddled out on rescue boards and brought the man to shore.  Lifeguards performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation on […]
On Sunday, January 28th, Honolulu Ocean Safety responded to a group of people struggling to stay above water after the vessel they were onboard, capsized off of Magic Island. The call came in just after 8:30 a.m. and it was reported that a 15-18 foot zodiac flipped in the surf and seven people, none who wearing life jackets, were […]
On Friday, January 26th, 2024, Honolulu Ocean Safety responded to four kayakers who were roughly 100 yards offshore Lanikai Beach. Just after 2:00 p.m., lifeguards were on a jet ski patrol near the Mokulua Islands, when they were waved down by one of the kayakers. Three people were in the water wearing life-jackets, while the fourth was still in one of the double kayaks.  After […]
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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Honolulu Ocean Safety On Patrol During North Shore's Winter 2023

Hawaii News Now's Lynn Kawano and Photographer Peter Tang follow along with the lifeguards on the north shore. 
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Honolulu Ocean Safety, Honolulu EMS Reunite With Surfer Who Nearly Drowned at Pipeline

Hawaii News Now was there when 25-year old Austin Gibbons and his mother thanked the heroes who helped to save his life.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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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