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Honolulu Ocean Safety rescued three divers today about 500 yards off shore near Alligator Rock on the north shore. The three male divers called 911 just before 12:30 p.m., when the motor on their 10-foot Livingston boat malfunctioned. Ocean Safety lifeguards responded via jet ski and towed the boat with the divers onboard to shore safely. No injuries were reported.
Just after 4:00 p.m. today, Honolulu Ocean Safety along with the Honolulu Fire Department and the Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Waterfront Operations, responded to a sailboat in distress off of Windward O'ahu. The boat, described to be a 25-foot vessel, with four people onboard was first said to be in trouble near the Mokulua Islands but quickly moved towards the Marine Corps Base Hawai'i. Lifeguards made contact with the boat […]
HONOLULU — A promotion ceremony Wednesday at Paki Hale near Kapi`olani Park was significant for two reasons for the city’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division.  The promotion of four new Lieutenants ,who will serve as mobile responders, marks the completion of the first phase of growth in the division toward “extended hours” coverage on […]
Honolulu Ocean Safety responded to a 33-year old stand-up paddler surfing Monday morning, who suffered a head injury at Pipeline. The surfer hit his head on the reef after taking off on a wave as part of an organized event. The event's private lifeguards, Hawaiian Water Patrol, brought the man to shore where Honolulu Ocean Safety lifeguards administered […]
The New Year brought with it huge surf along the north and west shores, the beaches were packed and the lifeguards were busy with rescues and preventative actions.  On the west side of the island, lifeguards rescued 15 people and made more than 3,000 preventative actions. These rescues included a family of three, a 40-year old female […]
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.
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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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