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Honolulu Ocean Safety rescued a 26-year old visitor from the Mokulua Islands May 7, 2023. The 911 call came in at 12:40p.m., for the man who fell roughly 15-feet, injuring his left knee and suffering multiple abrasions. Lifeguards via jet ski responded and within minutes of the call, secured the patient and brought him to Kailua Beach.  Onshore […]
Just before 2:00 p.m. May 6th, Honolulu Ocean Safety and bystanders rescued a 46-year old surfer offshore Waikiki. The man was surfing the surf break "Canoes", when he hit his head on his board, injuring himself. Surfers assisted him and lifeguards via jet ski, brought him to shore. Medical care was transferred to the Honolulu Emergency Medical […]
Honolulu Ocean Safety responded to two swimmers in distress off of Spitting Caves. The 911 call came in just before 6:00 p.m. Two males, an 18 and 19-years old, jumped off the roughly 60-foot cliffside and were struggling to stay above water. At the time of the incident it was raining and windy. Lifeguards via jet ski […]
Honolulu Ocean Safety responded to a 76-year old snorkeler who went unresponsive in the waters off Hanauma Bay. The incident happened around 8:00 a.m. Lifeguards spotted the woman struggling roughly 10-feet offshore. Ocean Safety rescued her and brought her lifeless body to shore.  Onshore, lifeguards performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and applied an automated external defibrillator (AED). Following […]
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, […]
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. 
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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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