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Arizona man earns award for saving swimmer’s life in Portlock

  • 2013 June 23 - CTY - Guillermo Arrubla, 36, a visitor from Arizona, recounts how he put his 20-year-old lifeguard skills to use Saturday to save a woman who was pulled out to sea after jumping off the cliff at Spitting Caves. HSA photo by Sarah Zoellick

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The area is located at the end of Lumahai St. In the Portlock area.

    2013 June 23 - CTY - Guillermo Arrubla, 36, a visitor from Arizona, recounts how he put his 20-year-old lifeguard skills to use Saturday to save a woman who was pulled out to sea after jumping off the cliff at Spitting Caves. HSA photo by Sarah Zoellick hawaii kai east oahu ocean rescue The area is located at the end of Lumahai St. In the Portlock area.

Guillermo Arrubla decided not to jump off the cliff at Spitting Caves in Portlock on Saturday when he arrived and saw how turbulent the water was, but the police officer from Arizona said he wound up in the ocean anyway — to save a woman’s life.

City Ocean Safety Division officials returned to the scene today to pre­sent the 36-year-old with a merit award for putting to use lifeguard skills he learned as a teenager.

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