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Two men swept out to sea on Kauai, one rescued

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KALIHIWAI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The search for a missing man who was swept into rough waters off Kalihiwai will continue Tuesday.

The man's identity has not yet been released but he is believed to be a visitor.

According to officials, the man was with three  friends in a remote location near South Kalihiwai Point at around 11:30 a.m. They were reportedly walking along the rocky shoreline when he and another male were swept into the ocean by a powerful wave.

One man, age 47, was able to make it back to shore and was transported to Wilcox Hospital with non-life threatening injuries while the search continued for the second victim.

Personnel from the Kaua'i Fire Department, the Ocean Safety Bureau and the U.S. Coast Guard worked through treacherous ocean conditions but were unable to locate him during today's search.

The incident occurred within a few hundred feet of the double-drowning of two San Francisco men on January 18 when Brian Baker, age 47, was swept into the ocean by a rogue wave. His friend, 46-year-old Adam Griffiths, attempted to save his friend but was also overcome by the high surf. Rescuers were able to recover the body of Adam Griffiths but Brian Baker's body was never recovered.

A high surf advisory remains in effect for all north and west facing shores through 6 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service reports that surf is expected to build up to 24 feet with strong breaking waves and a pounding shoreline. 

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