Three (3) surfers were rescued in waters offshore of Kahalu'u Beach Park in Keauhou, North Kona Monday evening (August 16th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) responded to a report of a water rescue incident in waters offshore of Kahalu'u Beach Park in Keauhou, North Kona Monday evening (August 16th).
The initial call came in at 7:39 pm Monday evening and HFD Crews from the Keauhou and Kailua (Rescue Company 7) Fire Stations responded to the scene located approximately 100 yards offshore and 1/2 mile north of Kahalu'u Beach Park in Keauhou, North Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from a resident on Ali'i Drive near the 4.5-mile marker, that three surfers (described as all male under the age of 18) were calling out for help in the high surf conditions along the Kona Coastline near Kahalu'u Beach Park. Parties were not able to safely make it back to shore due to the ocean conditions and also darkness and waited in the water until rescue personnel arrived at their location.
At the time of the incident, a high surf advisory was in effect for the south, southeast, and west-facing shores of Hawaii Island.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews from the shoreline monitor the three surfer's locations until HFD Sealeg Rescue Boat arrived at the location of the surfers near Kahalu'u Bay. Once at their location, HFD Rescue personnel brought all three aboard the rescue boat and then return to safe harbor at Keauhou Pier, where family members and HFD Medic were standing by for their arrival.
Once back at Keauhou Pier, HFD Medic determined they were uninjured and returned to the custody of the family members.