Hilo Information Update for August 7th, 2021
Three people were rescued in the waters of Hilo Bay offshore of Kaipalaoa Landing Park in Hilo Saturday afternoon.
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a water rescue incident in the waters of Hilo Bay offshore of Kaipalaoa Landing Park in Hilo Saturday afternoon (August 7th).
The initial call came in at 12:51 pm Saturday afternoon and HFD Crews from the Central and Wai'akea Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, and HPD Officers from the South Hilo Patrol responded to the scene located approximately 100 yards offshore of Kaipalaoa Landing Park in Hilo.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that three people including one dog aboard a small vessel (described as a recreational dinghy type vessel) were reported to be in distress and began taking on water approximately 100 yards offshore of Kaipalaoa Landing Park. The three people aboard worked to keep the vessel afloat until the emergency crew arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews arrived at Kaipalaoa Landing Park and located the parties inside in the water with the vessel partially submerged. HFD crews onshore kept a visual of the distress parties until HFD Rescue Crews aboard a rescue boat and private jet ski arrived at the party's location. The jet ski then pulled all parties including the dog out of the water and later transferred them to HFD Rescue Boat, where they later transported them back to Wailoa Small Boat Ramp, where an HFD Medic was standing by to evaluate the parties for injuries, however, all parties declined EMS at the scene.
HFD would like to remind all boat captains to provide life vests for all aboard their boats.