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Coast Guard rescues 2 surfers off Oahu's North Shore

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:27 a.m. HST, Feb 14, 2012

Two Australian surfers spent several hours clinging to a single surfboard Monday night after being swept out to sea in high surf off Oahu’s North Shore.

The two surfers, ages 21 and 26, were reported missing near  the Jockos surf break at about 7:45 p.m. 

The Honolulu Fire Department helicopter began searching for them at about 8 p.m. and the Coast Guard launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at about 9 p.m.

The Coast Guard helicopter located and rescued the surfers at about 10:30 p.m., clinging to a single surf board about a mile offshore of Haleiwa.

The helicopter flew the men to AliI Beach Park. A swell peaked Monday afternoon with wave faces of up to 20 feet on the North Shore.A high surf advisory continues today as the swell declines to 12 to 16 feet.

A 6-foot surfboard, described as a white thruster with a black deck tab, three black fins and a sticker that says “Bradley” was left behind during the rescue. The Coast Guard requests that anyone who finds the board call Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600.

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CloudForest wrote:
Thank God almighty that these surfers were found and safely rescued, excellent work by the helicopter crew.
on February 14,2012 | 07:03AM
Vivgie wrote:
on February 14,2012 | 07:12AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Like looking for a needle in a haystack.......yet they were found, two lucky dudes/blokes. And where do we send the rescue bill to? hmmmm.
on February 14,2012 | 07:30AM
Vivgie wrote:
Must have had infra-red cameras.
on February 14,2012 | 09:58AM
LizKauai wrote:
Mahalo, Ke Akua! When I saw the report of them missing on the late news, it was time for prayers! Good job, Coast Guard!!!
on February 14,2012 | 07:56AM
dlum003 wrote:
This ain't bloody Sydney beach break mate!
on February 14,2012 | 09:41AM
oahuson wrote:
The board left behind is past Molokai already headed to the great pacific garbage patch.
on February 14,2012 | 01:33PM
oahuson wrote:
on February 14,2012 | 01:35PM
LMO wrote:
Another great job by our CG. Way to go, Coasties!
on February 15,2012 | 02:35AM
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