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South swell prompts dozens of rescues; high surf advisory extended

South swell prompts dozens of rescues South swell prompts dozens of rescues
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A late season south swell is holding on for yet another day, with a the National Weather Service extending a High Surf Advisory for south-facing shores until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

According to city Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright, lifeguards performed 51 rescues and 805 preventative actions, such as warnings, at south shore beaches Sunday afternoon. Surf also was high at Sandy Beach, where lifeguards performed 13 rescues and 500 preventive actions.

The National Weather Service said that a south-southwest swell will continue to bring advisory level surf through tonight, with latest surf observations indicating that surf heights are larger than originally forecast. Waves of 7 to 10 feet were still possible Monday afternoon, lowering only slightly to 6 to 9 feet Tuesday.

Moderate impacts are expected, with strong breaking waves and shore breaks. Strong longshore and rip currents will make swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers are advised exercise caution and to heed all advice from ocean safety officials.

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