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Lifeguards rescue unconscious bodyboarder

  • COURTESY JONATHAN MAGDELANO AND JOAO RICARDO JANUZZI

    Ocean Safety lifeguards attempt to resuscitate an unconscious bodyboarder at Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore.

Ocean Safety lifeguards rescued an unconscious bodyboarder in his 30s at Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore this afternoon.

The rescue occurred at about 3:10 p.m.

“The bodyboarder was seen pulling into a wave and got caught in the impact zone,” emergency services spokeswoman Shayne Enright said in an email.

A lifeguard quickly helped get him above the surface of the water. Other lifeguards and surfers helped bring him to shore.

The man was not breathing when he was carried out.

Onshore lifeguards successfully resuscitated him, and he regained a pulse, was breathing on his own and speaking, Enright said.

Emergency Medical Services took over advanced life support treatment and transported him to a trauma center in serious condition.

Surf heights averaged 16 to 24 feet on Thursday.

Lifeguards performed a total of two rescues and issued 1,600 warnings on the North Shore.

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