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Strong currents pull swimmer out to sea in Puna, rescued via helicopter

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Fire/rescue responded to a 1:57 p.m. alarm Saturday for a swimmer reported to be in distress about 200 yards offshore the Waa Waa area of Puna.

The Fire Department’s Chopper One was dispatched and located the 16-year-old boy about 150 yards from the shoreline. He was pulled out to sea by strong currents and was unable to swim back to shore. A rescue swimmer was put in the water to assist the victim into a Billy Pugh rescue net so he could be airlifted to Papio Park at the bottom of Hawaiian Beaches where a medic unit was available.

The boy was treated by medics and taken to Hilo Medical Center reportedly with no life-threatening injuries.

A high surf advisory remains in effect for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island until 5 a.m. Sunday (Sept 9) due to the effects of Tropical Cyclone Norman which passed north of the state.

One Response to “Strong currents pull swimmer out to sea in Puna, rescued via helicopter”

  1. Ray Haruzi says:

    Greatful for the rescue team and heir quick response . Mahalo .

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