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Surf drops below advisory levels, but lifeguards still busy

  • PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA ON JUNE 6, 220130606-3074 WDA SURFERS
Body surfers at Point Panic and surfers and boogie boarders at Kewalo's enjoy moderately high surf.  The surfers said the surf was coming down, but it was fun.  This surfer enjoyed a ride at Kewalo's.  PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA.  JUNE 6, 2013.
    PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA ON JUNE 6, 2
    20130606-3074 WDA SURFERS Body surfers at Point Panic and surfers and boogie boarders at Kewalo's enjoy moderately high surf. The surfers said the surf was coming down, but it was fun. This surfer enjoyed a ride at Kewalo's. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. JUNE 6, 2013.
  • PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA ON JUNE 6, 220130606-2912 WDA SURFERS
Body surfers at Point Panic and surfers and boogie boarders at Kewalo's enjoy moderately high surf.  The surfers said the surf was coming down, but it was fun. This is Craig Sato enjoying body surfing at Point Panic.  PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA.  JUNE 6, 2013.
    PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA ON JUNE 6, 2
    20130606-2912 WDA SURFERS Body surfers at Point Panic and surfers and boogie boarders at Kewalo's enjoy moderately high surf. The surfers said the surf was coming down, but it was fun. This is Craig Sato enjoying body surfing at Point Panic. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. JUNE 6, 2013.
  • PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA ON JUNE 6, 220130606-2782 WDA SURFERS
Body surfers at Point Panic and surfers and boogie boarders at Kewalo's enjoyed moderately high surf.  A surfer said the surf was coming down, but it was fun.  This surfer was at Kewalo's.  PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA.  JUNE 6, 2013.
    PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA ON JUNE 6, 2
    20130606-2782 WDA SURFERS Body surfers at Point Panic and surfers and boogie boarders at Kewalo's enjoyed moderately high surf. A surfer said the surf was coming down, but it was fun. This surfer was at Kewalo's. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. JUNE 6, 2013.

Surf on the south shore dropped to just below advisory levels Thursday afternoon, but lifeguards were still busy.

The Ocean Safety Division reported 47 rescues at Waikiki and Ala Moana today, that’s down from more than 120 rescues Wednesday.

However, there were two serious injuries Thursday.

A man in his 30s nearly drowned and was in extremely critical condition after an apparent surfing accident at the Ala Moana Bowls Thursday  afternoon. (http://hsalinks.com/12voeGZ)

At Sandy Beach, paramedics took a 46-year-old man to the hospital in serious condition after he landed on his neck after catching a wave while body boarding at about 4 p.m. Thursday.

Lifeguards issued 529 preventative actions or warnings at Ala Moana, Waikiki and Sandy Beach.

The National Weather Service canceled the high surf advisory just before 4 p.m., when waves dropped below the 8-foot advisory level.

Waves are expected in the 3-to-6-foot range today.

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