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Dozens rescued from surf on Oahu

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Lifeguards rescued 26 people Monday after they got into trouble in high surf.

The rescues were split evenly between the north- and west-facing shores, both of which were under a High Surf Warning.

Honolulu Emergency Services Dept. spokeswoman Shayne Enright said in addition to 13 rescues on the North Shore, lifeguards made more than 4,000 "preventive actions" to keep people from getting into trouble in the water.

Beachgoers can expect ocean water occasionally sweeping across beaches, along with very strong breaking waves and strong rip currents. Breaking waves may also occasionally impact harbors making it dangerous to navigate harbor channels.

The large breaking surf will also make entering the water very hazardous. Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials.

Conditions are not expected to be right to run the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave competition, but Monday is also the start of the holding period for the 2016 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout.

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