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Coast Guard rescues man off of Kauai

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Roger Barr Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Roger Barr
KALAELOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Coast Guard helicopter crew today rescued a man swept out to sea from Hanakapiai Beach on Kauai.

The 32-year-old visitor from Alaska was cooling off at the beach after a hike when a current dragged him half a mile out into the ocean.

"(He's) extremely lucky. He was already in the water for an hour. He probably had only enough energy for treading water, said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Roger Barr.

"It's a big ocean and an individual in the water is really hard to find. This person was lucky it was daylight."

The beach is a remote area off the Na Pali Coast, where there's no cell phone reception.

But friends were able to get the attention of a nearby tour helicopter by writing S.O.S. on the beach. 

That distress message was then relayed to a Coast Guard helicopter, which was in the area conducting training.

The man was taken to Lihue where he received medical attention. Although exhausted and dehydrated, the man didn't appear to have any injuries, Barr said.

Hanakapia Beach is said to be one of the deadliest beaches in Hawaii. Since 1970, about 29 people have drowned there.

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