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Surf drops below advisory levels, but lifeguards still busy

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:17 a.m. HST, Jun 7, 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. (

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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