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Lifeguards rescue seven people on Oahu's North Shore

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Capt. John Hoogsteden of the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division Capt. John Hoogsteden of the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division

The huge waves on the North Shore are attracting a lot of attention, but authorities are frustrated that some people are ignoring the warnings. Four curious friends ventured out onto the rocks at Sharks Cove. They got splashed at times, trying to capture close shots of the huge waves.

"This is just kind of something that's a little thrill, fun to do. Didn't really think about the consequences. You just kind of live in the moment," said "Moose" Pulsifer of Manoa.

"It was pretty close, but not too worried about it. We watched how far they were coming up. We could see, not too dangerous," said Manoa resident Stephen Trimble.

The group's risky trip to the water's edge upset authorities. A police officer ordered them to get off the rocks and lifeguards warned them as well.

"It's super dangerous and people really have to use a lot more caution and common sense, and please respect the lifeguards, respect the warnings," said Capt. John Hoogsteden of the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division.

Seven people were rescued along the North Shore on Tuesday. Two off-duty lifeguards and some Honolulu firefighters saved three men near Laniakea around 7:30 in the morning.

"They were three recent arrivals to the islands who just went for a swim, and next thing you know, they were stuck in a rip current more than half a mile from shore," said Hoogsteden.

Two hours later, a 16-year-old boy and his mother nearly drowned at Ke Iki Beach near Pupukea. Authorities said the teenager disregarded a lifeguard's warning and paddled out.

"The bodyboarder had lost his board and was getting smashed by the waves. He couldn't get out of the water. The mom went to run down to help him. She ended up getting in danger herself," Hoogsteden said.

Lifeguards issued more than 1,900 verbal warnings on Oahu's north and west shores.

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