POSTED: 02:10 p.m. HST, Mar 15, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 03:16 p.m. HST, Mar 15, 2011
Two swimmers were rescued in waters off Kauai’s North Shore in separate incidents yesterday, Kauai Conty reported.
A 16-year-old Kapaa boy was bodyboarding with friends at Hanakapiai Beach just before noon when he got caught in a wave and lost his board.
Friends tried to swim out to him, but were unable to assist him to shore. A hiker notified Kee Beach lifeguards, who used a jet ski to reach the swimmer and take him to Haena Beach where medics treated and released him.
The second incident happened just before noon at Anini Beach. A 60-year-old man was snorkeling when he swam out too deep and got caught in the rip current.
Family members and bystanders reached the man with a stand-up paddleboard and were able to lift him onto the board. Rescuers in a rubber boat met them about 200 yards off shore.
Two firefighters jumped out of the boat and escorted the man to shore on the paddleboard. He declined medical assistance.