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Man slips on reef, nearly drowns at Hanauma Bay

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:26 a.m. HST, Aug 24, 2013



A visitor from China who could not swim slipped on the reef at Hanauma Bay and fell into about 4-to-5 feet of water, nearly drowning Friday at about 12:30 p.m. 

Emergency Medical Services said when the man was pulled from the water by Ocean Safety personnel he was not breathing, but did have a pulse. With medical attention he ultimately began breathing on his own and was taken by paramedics to the hospital.

The man, reported to be in his 40s, is in serious but stable condition, according to EMS.







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allie wrote:
lot of foreigners having trouble with wild nature here
on August 23,2013 | 02:09PM
tutulois wrote:
We need to do a better job of informing visitors -- especially visitors who may not know much English -- about the dangers here. It's so foolish to go that close to the ocean when you don't know how to swim !
on August 23,2013 | 02:10PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Of course "Common Sense" could encompass of lot of our problems-maybe we should discuss using common sense instead of opening ourselves up to liabilities of this sort. GEEESH!
on August 23,2013 | 05:12PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
He fell into "4 to 5 feet of water" and almost drowned? How tall is this guy, anyway? Sounds like his panic totally took away his standing reflex.
on August 23,2013 | 02:43PM
hey_mikey wrote:
das what i was thinking too, but if he hit his head or something then that could explain why he wouldn't have been coherent enough to touch the bottom and stand up
on August 23,2013 | 03:28PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Reminds me of an incident with my daughter and ma @ Ala Moana Park. Both of us were on a surfboard in the middle of the lagoon. Daughter decides to swim to shore. Halfway to the sand, my daughter starts yelling "Dad, I can't make it!" "Keep swimming!" I answered, as I trailed behind her. She kept swimming. A minute later, "Dad, I can't make it to shore!" "Keep swimming!" I assured her. "Dad, I'm not gonna make it!" Annabelle.....stand up! And there she stood, chest-high in water, close to shore. I hope for a complete recovery, and that the visitor gets swimming lessons.
on August 23,2013 | 07:48PM
leino wrote:
Five gallon buckets have a warring label on them that you should use caution or you could drown. Let the swimmer beware. I hope he has a full recovery.
on August 24,2013 | 06:56AM
Grimbold wrote:
Try sleep on the reef instead of slipping.
on August 24,2013 | 08:29AM
hippofairy wrote:
what the heck was he doing WALKING on the reef?! the video they make everybody watch says specifically not to stand or walk on the reef because it's LIVING. it's not rock stupid. i think what happened is called karma.
on August 24,2013 | 08:57AM
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