A teenager was rescued today after being swept into trecherous waters at Shark’s Cove in Pupukea.
Emergency medical personnel said the 17-year-old boy went into the shore break with friends to take pictures and was swept away by a large wave about 11 a.m.
According to officials, the boy and his friends had been warned to stay out of the water by lifeguards who were on patrol in an all-terrain vehicle and had spotted them earlier.
After the boy was swept away, a witness ran about half a mile to the nearest lifeguard tower at Keʻwaena for help. Lifeguards drove an ATV to the scene and swam out to the teen, stabilizing him in the water.
The teen was taken to shore by rescue water craft at Waimea Bay. No medical attention was needed.
According to the press release, conditions were hazardous with wave faces between 20 to 30 feet and on-shore winds around 10 to 20 miles per hour.