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9 rescued from monster waves off Oahu; 2nd swell expected

Jaws, Maui (Image courtesy: Joey Rocha) Jaws, Maui (Image courtesy: Joey Rocha)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Lifeguards rescued nine people from big surf off Oahu on Wednesday, and conducted more than 2,000 preventive actions.

Four people were rescued from North Shore surf, including two surfers who got into trouble in the big waves.

Ocean Safety officials said the North Shore saw waves with 50-foot faces on Wednesday.

Five people were rescued from big waves off Leeward Oahu, where surf had 20-foot faces.

A High Surf Warning remains in effect for north and west shores of Niihau and Kauai until 6 p.m. Thursday. Although the High Surf Warning has been dropped for north and west shores of Oahu, Molokai and the Big Island for north shores of Maui, a High Surf Advisory is in effect for these shores until 6 a.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Surf Warning – in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday – for north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai as well as north shores of Maui.

Forecasters said surf along north shores will rise to 18 to 25 feet through Thursday, then lower to 12 to 20 feet Thursday night. Meanwhile, surf along west shores will reach 12 to 20 feet then will lower to 8 to 15 feet.

Expect large breaking surf and very dangerous currents, forecasters said.

A second monster swell could be on its heels as early as next week.

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