comscore Snorkeler injured in rough seas on Oahu’s North Shore | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Snorkeler injured in rough seas on Oahu’s North Shore

Honolulu Ocean Safety lifeguards rescued a snorkeler from dangerous ocean conditions at a surfing break called Uppers on Oahu’s North Shore just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

The 30-year old snorkeler suffered serious injuries and was having trouble breathing when a lifeguard ran up a nearby hillside at Waimea Bay and then jumped into the ocean to secure the man, according to Honolulu Emergency Medical Services.

Lifeguards on a personal watercraft were then able to reach the snorkeler, pull him onto their rescue craft and bring him to shore at Waimea.

EMS and the Honolulu Fire Department also responded. EMS took over with advanced life support measures and transported the injured man in serious condition to an emergency room.

Surf at the time was said to be 12 to 15 feet in height. EMS officials strongly urge beachgoers to use extreme caution during high-surf advisories. Another northwest swell is expected to bring more large surf today.

Correction: Lifeguards rescued a snorkeler from waters at a surf break called Uppers on Saturday. Honolulu Emergency Medical Services initially provided incorrect information about the incident.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature
Comments (9)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Scroll Up