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Rescuers respond to distressed swimmers

Ocean Safety officials and firefighters responded to calls of distressed swimmers on Monday at Hanakapi‘ai Beach.

About 2 p.m., Rescue 3 personnel and Air 1 were dispatched to Hanakapi‘ai Beach for a report of individuals who sustained injuries from a large wave that came ashore. Once on scene, firefighters located a 19-year-old female with injuries to her leg and a 27-year-old female with multiple abrasions.

Rescuers airlifted the 19-year-old female to Princeville Airport where awaiting medics provided treatment and transported her to Wilcox Hospital. Personnel returned to Hanakapi‘ai Beach and airlifted the second injured woman to Princeville Airport where awaiting medics provided additional support, then transported her to Mahelona Hospital for further treatment, a county press release said.

“We would like to remind all beachgoers that we are currently in a high surf season on Kauai. We are very grateful that these incidents did not result in serious injuries or deaths,” said Deputy Fire Chief Kilipaki Vaughan.

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The Garden Island
Source: The Garden Island

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