A female paddler in critical condition following an apparent near-drowning incident offshore of Honokohau Beach in Kailua-Kona Sunday morning (July 26th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to an initial report of a swimmer distress offshore of Honokohau Beach in Kailua-Kona Sunday morning (July 26th).
The initial call came in at 8:34 am Sunday morning and HFD crews from the Kailua-Kona and Keauhou Fire Stations and HPD officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor in Kailua-Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came from bystanders that canoe paddler (described as a female in her 60's) had fallen out of her canoe (described as an OC-1 canoe) and found face down in the water approximately 500 yards of Honokohau Beach. Nearby paddlers and personnel on a private vessel in the area had retrieved the paddler and immediately began life-saving measures on the female and brought her to the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, where emergency crews were awaiting the arrival of the private vessel.
Bystanders believe the female paddler may have suffered a medical condition at the time of the incident.
Once emergency crews and the private vessel arrived at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, HFD crews immediately took over life-saving measures and later transported the female paddler to the Kona Community Hospital in critical condition.