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Oahu lifeguards rescue beachgoer swept away at Waimea Bay

Honolulu lifeguards this morning rescued a 37-year-old man who was swept into the shorebreak at Waimea Bay.

Honolulu Ocean Safety received a 911 call at 7:15 a.m. today for a beachgoer in distress, who was yelling for help.

A lifeguard paddled out to the man and kept him from going underwater until another lifeguard on a jet ski was able to rescue him and bring him to shore safely, according to Ocean Safety.

Honolulu Emergency Medical Services evaluated the man, but he did not require further medical treatment.

With a high surf warning in effect for the north and west facing shores of Oahu today through 6 p.m. Saturday, Ocean Safety officials recommend staying out of the water unless you are at an expert level.

Officials also urge the public to listen to lifeguard warnings and to remain a safe distance from the shoreline. Parents should also keep their children close, and not allow them near the water.

Correction: Honolulu Ocean Safety clarified that the man in distress was a beachgoer, not a surfer.
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