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Onomea Information Update for August 30th, 2020

Teenager seriously injured following a fall at Onomea Bay Saturday afternoon (August 29th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a teenager who fell into the water at Onomea Bay Saturday afternoon (August 29th).

The initial call came in at 12:44 pm Saturday afternoon and HFD crews from the Central and Waiakea (Rescue Company 2) Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, Chopper 1, and HPD officers from the South Hilo Patrol responded to the scene located along the rocky shoreline of Onomea Bay.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that a teenager (described as a male age 14) had accidentally fallen into the water at Onomea Bay. The teenager was submerged in the water for a brief period and bystanders hiked to the teenager's location and later entered the water to bring the teenager back onto shore and away from the waves and water. The teenager was reported to be semi-conscious when pulled out of the water.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews found the teenager and bystanders along the rocky coastline of Onomea Bay, wedged between crack at the bottom of the rocky coastline. A fire-rescue specialist aboard Chopper 1 deployed into the water and swam to the location of the bystanders and teenager, where they later extricated the teenager via Billy Pugh Net from Chopper 1 to HFD ground crews a short distance away.

HFD ground crews later extricated the teenager to an awaiting HFD Medic, where he was later transported to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition for further medical treatment.

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