Beachgoers swept out to sea rescued

Emergency crews responded to reports of four beachgoers swept out to sea in Hana on Sunday afternoon, during a busy holiday weekend of rescues around the state.

At 4:14 p.m. Sunday, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received notification from Coast Guard Station Maui of four beachgoers swept out to sea near Kaihalulu Beach, also known as Red Sand Beach, in Hana. The beachgoers were about 1,000 yards offshore, and one of them was reportedly holding on to a yellow buoy. Two others shared a boogie board, and the fourth person was unresponsive in the water.

Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to assist. The Maui County Fire Department also sent a helicopter crew and ground responders.

County crews arrived first and recovered all four beachgoers. They administered CPR to the unresponsive person until the person could be transferred to emergency medical personnel. Coast Guard crews were instructed to stand down.


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