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Swimmer dies after rescue at Spitting Cave

  • Video by Timothy Hurley and Kat Wade

    A 21-year-old swimmer died while at Spitting Cave in Portlock on Oahu in Honolulu on Wednesday. Honolulu Fire Department Captain Scot Seguirant provides the media with an update and a member of the city's ocean safety team reminds swimmers not to swim in the secluded areas.

  • Kat Wade / Special to the Star Advertiser

    Spitting Cave spews out water with great as ocean water retreats from the cave today in Hawaii Kai. A 21-year-old man who ran into trouble at Spitting Cave in Portlock this morning has died.

A 21-year-old man who ran into trouble at Spitting Cave in Portlock this morning has died, according to police.

Positive identification is pending.

Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Scot Seguirant said the man was at Spitting Cave with a friend when the 21-year-old man jumped into the ocean and ran into trouble.

Five units with 15 firefighters responded to a report of a swimmer in distress at about 6:30 a.m.

Firefighters found him unresponsive approximately 60 feet beneath the surface of the water.

HFD brought him out of the ocean and into a rescue boat where they immediately administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation and used a defibrillator on the man.

Once HFD reached the shore, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services personnel took over and continued lifesaving treatment.

This is the second time in four days that a person ran into trouble at Spitting Cave.

EMS said a 21-year-old man jumped into the ocean Saturday but was unable to make his way back out.

Ocean Safety personnel responded and rescued him. He was taken to the Maunalua Bay boat ramp where paramedics administered lifesaving treatment. EMS took him in critical condition to a hospital.

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