Just before 3:29 p.m., on January 24, 2022, a 50-year old male visitor from Arizona was swept in huge and dangerous surf at Ke Iki from the shore, just down the beach from Pipeline. The victim drowned almost immediately, but his body was visible for about a minute and a half in giant 18-20 foot surf. WSO II Noland Keaulana was literally rinsing off from an earlier rescue when he heard over the radio that the victim’s body was visible in the shore break, several hundred yards away. Knowing that they may never relocate the victim, or at least would be delayed in recovering the victim, WSO II Keaulana demonstrated exceptional heroism, impressive decision making, and laudable initiative, when he simply stopped what he was doing at Tower 26, jumped on to an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and sped several hundred yards down the sand, threading his way through a crowd, to the last known position of the unconscious victim. As he stopped the ATV, WSO II Keaulana spotted the victim, jumped off the ATV and ran across a sharp coral lava shelf exposed as waves began to retreat after a set. Wave heights on some sets were 20 feet, and an intense rip current developed, sweeping down the reef shelf and out to sea and down to Sharks Cove. Knowing he would likely be smashed himself on the rock ledge, but knowing he was the victim’s only chance at survival, WSO II Keaulana jumped on to the victim’s body just as the waves finished pulling back from the ledge. Now holding the victim, WSO II Keaulana was indeed hammered by 15 shore break waves in a row, with intervals of approximately 17-20 seconds — from 10-18 feet in size, from the powerful West-Northwest direction — in the rocky shoreline, but managed to keep control of the body and let the current pull them both down the beach. WSO II Keaulana intended to get the victim farther off shore so partners on a rescue jet ski could pull them both to safety, but then he was caught by three or four even bigger waves on an even sharper lava shelf. In this area, the reef shelf was far too sharp for WSO II Keaulana to walk or pull the unconscious victim out, so he just toughed it out in the waves until he finally had a chance to swim them out of the shore break and out to the sea. Immediately as he did, his Ocean Safety partners on the rescue ski pulled them both up on to a rescue sled and sped them back to a sandy spot between Rock Piles and Pipeline surf spots. Once on the beach, WSO II Keaulana and his partners started CPR and performed 14 cycles before the EMS Paramedics arrived and took over. The victim was taken in critical condition to Wahiawa General Hospital. If it wasn’t for WSO II Keaulana’s quick thinking, personal sacrifice and heroism, the victim may have been lost to the sea. WSO II Keaulana suffered significant “reef rash”, or serious cuts and abrasions to his shoulders and back. He single handedly ensured a drowning victim had a chance at survival and his actions far and away surpass what is normally required of a tower lifeguard. WSO II Keaulana risked his own life on January 24, 2022, in an effort to ensure he and his Ocean Safety Division partners had a chance to save another’s.