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Puako Information Update for February 20th, 2021

Male paddleboarder in extremely critical condition following an apparent cardiac arrest event at Waialea Beach (Beach 69) Saturday morning (February 20th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a medical emergency at Waialea Beach (Beach 69) in South Kohala Saturday morning (February 20th).

The initial call came in at 9:59 am Saturday morning and HFD Crews from the South Kohala Fire Station and HPD Officers from the South Kohala Patrol responded to the scene located on Waialea Beach near Puako.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came reporting a paddleboarder (described as a male in his 60s) who was initially struggling to come back to shore, eventually made it back to shore safely. However, following the arrival at shore, the male party had a complaint of difficulty breathing and later went into cardiac arrest and bystanders immediately began life-saving measures until emergency crews arrived at the scene.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medic personnel immediately took over life-saving measures on the male patient and later transported him to the North Hawaii Community Hospital in extremely critical condition, where at this time, the patient condition remains unknown (or undisclosed).

HPD continues to investigate the incident.

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