Officials warn oceangoers, big-wave spectators to use caution

Officials warn oceangoers, big-wave spectators to use caution

NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Though high surf on Oahu's North Shore has subsided, officials are warning oceangoers that the waves remain dangerous.

On Tuesday, lifeguards rescued 24 people on the North Shore (22 at Waimea Bay alone), and performed 1,180 preventive actions.

Lifeguards said they saw waves with 30- to 40-foot faces Tuesday.

On Monday, lifeguards effectively kept swimmers out of waves averaging 50 feet, as approximately 950 preventative actions were taken. No rescues were necessary.

Lifeguards performed six rescues on the west side with about a thousand preventative actions. Yokohama Bay was closed to the public as surf got up to 30-40 feet at Makaha Beach, with water washing over the roadway.

Even though large surf slammed the north and west facing shores, Sandy Beach was still busy on the east side. On Monday, lifeguards performed 115 rescues and 1,250 preventative actions.

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