POSTED: 9:53 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 2:19 a.m. HST, Aug 3, 2013
Nukumoi Point off Poipu Beach on Kauai’s shore was closed for swimming because of a dangerous rip current.
Kauai ocean safety officials said signs have been posted at the beach to warn beachgoers of the rip current, and lifeguards will be advising swimmers to stay out of the water. Swimmers are being encouraged to swim in calmer waters fronting the Poipu lifeguard tower.
"A tombolo, or sand bar, that usually exists between the shoreline and Nukumoi Point is a popular attraction for beachgoers,” said Ocean Safety Bureau Supervisor Kalani Vierra. “However, strong ocean conditions created by Tropical Storm Flossie have eroded that sand bar, and that erosion is causing an extremely dangerous rip current from the shoreline out to the point. As a precaution, Poipu lifeguards are prohibiting swimming in this area until conditions improve.”