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Surfers, swimmers asked to stay out of North Shore waters

A debris field from the collision of two Marine helicopters off the North Shore stretches for miles. A debris field from the collision of two Marine helicopters off the North Shore stretches for miles.
NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Coast Guard is urging people to stay out of North Shore waters, citing a debris field from the collision of two Marine helicopters that stretches for miles.

Coast Guard Lt. Scott Carr said crews have spotted large and small pieces of debris seven miles out to sea and across a stretch of shoreline from Kaena Point to Kahuku Point.

“We’ve seen debris that is consistent with a military aircraft,” he said.

High surf and strong winds are scattering the debris, he said, and making search operations “extremely difficult.”

He said the debris includes pieces that could pose a harm to surfers and swimmers.

“There is debris out there that could potentially harm you,” he said, at a news conference Friday afternoon. “We encourage everyone to stay out of the water.”

Beachgoers have also been asked to stay away from any debris that washes ashore. If you spot debris, call the Coast Guard at (808) 535-3372. 

The request to stay out of the water comes on a day when many surfers flocked to the North Shore for big waves that are expected to stick around through Saturday.

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