Firefighters rescue man swept into rough waters off Hana

Firefighters rescue man swept into rough waters off Hana

HANA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hana firefighters rescued a 29-year-old Los Angeles man from waters off Waianapanapa State Park on Monday morning.

The man was swimming with a friend at the black sand beach when rising surf pulled him out into deeper water. Emergency crews responded to the call of a swimmer in distress and found the man about 50 feet outside the shoreline surf zone.

He was brought to shore by a Hana firefighter and sustained only minor injuries.

A watercraft also responded to the scene and was hit by a wave during the rescue which threw the two firefighters into the water. The watercraft was destroyed after high surf pushed it onto the rocky shoreline. Both firefighters made it back to shore uninjured.

At the time, surf in the bay was breaking at about 8-to 10-foot face heights. A high surf advisory is in effect for east facing shores of the main Hawaiian islands until 6 p.m. tomorrow.

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