Enormous wave sweeps dog off China Walls into ocean
HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
It's one of Oahu's hidden gems. Known for it's staircase like cliff that drops off into Maunalua Bay, China Walls can be the picture of tranquility. But that can quickly change.
Drone video taken over the weekend by Donnie Klotz shows just how much force can be behind a single swell.
A dog standing on the egde of the cliff is caught off guard. It scrambles to make it's way up the wall but is quickly swept out to sea.
"The dog was on the ledge because he followed the owner down. The owner jumped off the ledge at China Walls. The dog went down one level and was just you know looking for his owner so then the wave came the owner didn't even see the dog getting washed off," said Klotz.
Chevis Tadeo used to swim here as a child.
"Oh my God I've never seen it like that. Especially having little kids that's terrifying," said Tadeo.
We got the same reaction from the spokewoman for Honolulu Emergency Services Department
"That could have easily been a child or a person. It just shows how incredibly dangerous that area really is," said Shayne Enright.
Although Warning signs are posted at the entrance of the park. People are still chosing to get too close. A 23-year-old man was just killed this past January after being swept off the rock by a passing wave.
"What looks beautiful and a appealing you want to go up you want to get that great shot you want to take that jump with your go pro and post it onto your social media page is costing people their lives," said Enright.
There is no life guard at China Walls. According to signs there are also no pets allowed.
Rescue officials say if you witness an emergency at an area like China Walls call 911. Then try and throw the person who is in the water anything they might be able to use to stay afloat.