Lifeguards rescue five swimmers at Big Island beach

WAIMEA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Five swimmers ran into trouble at Hapuna Beach State Park on the Big Island Monday morning.

According to first responders at the scene, a female tourist was struck by strong waves, injuring her neck and back. EMS crews transported her to North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea.

As the first patient was being treated, witnesses reported a second swimmer needing help from lifeguards.

The Hawaii County Fire Department says a total of five people ended up needing help during a two-hour period starting at 10:15 a.m.  All injuries are described as serious.

The Big Island is not part of a High Surf Advisory that is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday for the north and west shores of Niihau and Kauai and the north shores of Oahu and Molokai.

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