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Lifeguards release photos of men nearly swept into ocean

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 06:13 p.m. HST, May 19, 2013


Lifeguards are reminding beach-goers to listen to ocean safety officials and to be aware of waves that can wash people into the ocean after two incidents Saturday during the current south swell.

Five men standing on a ledge near the Halona Blow Hole Saturday evening ignored repeated requests by city lifeguards to get move to safety, and one was nearly swept away by a large wave, a Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman said today.

Officials said lifeguards responded to the scene around 6:15 p.m. after they saw a swell crash near the men. All five men were found alive and climbing up the rocks when lifeguards arrived, said Shayne Enright, spokeswoman for the city Department of Emergency Services.

Lifeguards also assisted in rescuing a group of people at China Walls on Saturday, Enright said. The group was helped in by a good Samaritan along with Ocean Safety's rescue watercraft.

The Ocean Safety Division released a series of photos that appears to show the men dangerously close to the blow hole and the aftermath of a wave that nearly washed them off the ledge.

In total Saturday, Ocean Safety officials made 27 rescues and 74 assists on the South Shores of Oahu, 13 rescues and five assists at Sandy Beach, and a department watercraft patrolling Portlock and China Walls Areas rescued 22 swimmers and made 18 assists.

Enright said the department is asking the public to listen to lifeguards when asking beachgoers to move to a safer area.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has extended its high surf advisory for the south shores of all Hawaiian Islands through 6 p.m. Monday.

Surf has been from 6 to 10 feet in height on south shores and is expected to decrease from 5 to 8 feet Monday, according to the advisory. A series of south swells is keeping surf high and has created strong currents, making swimming difficult and dangerous.

The weather service said the public should exercise more than ordinary caution and follow the advice of ocean safety officials.







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onwardupward wrote:
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on May 19,2013 | 01:13PM
OldDiver wrote:
No sign or warning can prevent stupid from doing something stupid. What stupid can do is sue the city.
on May 19,2013 | 01:20PM
1local wrote:
natures way of eliminating defects in the gene pool
on May 19,2013 | 04:10PM
hanalei395 wrote:
These idiots are probably the first time they've ever seen/being up close to a rough ocean.
on May 19,2013 | 05:39PM
ezridah wrote:
even if the lifeguard show these guys videos of people getting swept into the water , these guys would probably still go..common sense is left at home if any
on May 19,2013 | 04:13PM
pakeheat wrote:
As Forrest Gump said in the movie?
on May 19,2013 | 04:32PM
sayer wrote:
Absolutely - what idiots! It reminds me of three hikers that went past barriers to stand at the top of a waterfall (in the water.) While horrified onlookers yelled for them to get out of there, all three were swept over the waterfall to their deaths in front of everyone. This was not in Hawaii, BTW - I can't remember where it happened.
on May 19,2013 | 03:59PM
Anonymous wrote:
wow, what id*ots. Bad enough that went out there during a high surf condition, but they were also warned repeatedly.
on May 19,2013 | 01:25PM
pakeheat wrote:
They probably said to each other, NO GUTS, NO GLORY, LOL
on May 19,2013 | 04:33PM
Skyler wrote:
There should be a civil fine for disobeying a life guard.
on May 19,2013 | 02:21PM
OldDiver wrote:
Good point since it will be lifeguards who will be risking their lives saving them.
on May 19,2013 | 06:14PM
kk808 wrote:
Very true; they don't realize their foolish actions are endangering others as well as themselves.
on May 19,2013 | 06:29PM
pseudo wrote:
If a rescuer is injured or killed while trying to save the lives of those who ignore repeated warnings, can the county or state or rescuer 's family sue the idiot(s) ? Don't you think these guys are show -offset who will brag how "macho "they were to get so close to danger?
on May 19,2013 | 02:37PM
false wrote:
Comment Here.
on May 19,2013 | 03:50PM
Wazdat wrote:
I D I O T S like this should be ARRESTED....
on May 19,2013 | 08:33PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Stupid is as stupid does. Sure they will laugh it off. Dude we weren't in any danger, duh!!!
on May 19,2013 | 08:41PM
olos73 wrote:
On one TV news report, it said after these 5 visitors got bashed by the water, they ended up with cuts and scrapes on their bodies. Nice battle scars to take home and show their girlfriends. Souvenirs of stupidity.
on May 20,2013 | 08:07AM
Anonymous wrote:
The ordinance we should have is one that says if you are warned, by sign or on-duty life guards, that the area is dangerous and you proceed to enter the area, you will be arrested for trespass onto government property. Fine $500 each.
on May 20,2013 | 08:14AM
ptofview wrote:
After knowitalls refuse to heed warnings, Lifeguards should be required paintball them with iridescent paint. When they get into trouble, they aren't helped because they have been marked as "No Save." Only an illusion, our Lifeguards are too caring to ignore even stupid people needing rescuing.
on May 20,2013 | 08:17AM
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