NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dramatic new video shows Thursday's rescue of a bodyboarder at Pipeline on the north shore. Joao Ricardo, a visitor from Brazil, caught all the action on camera.
"I saw the guy in a big wave and he goes down and not come up, only his board is floating," Ricardo said. "The guy was 2 minutes under water, no breathing."
Lifeguards say New Jersey bodyboarder Dylan McGinn got wiped out and hit his head on the reef. First on the scene was six-time bodyboard world champion turned North Shore lifeguard, Guilherme Tamega. He was off-duty catching a few waves himself, when he witnessed the accident.
"I saw him right in the impact zone only his board came up, no signs of him and I said 'Oh no he's down,'" Tamega said.
Tamega immediately jumped into action.
"I totally paddled and paddled as hard as I could towards him and by the time I got to the board, he was down," he said. "I put my hand down and the first thing I got was his shirt, then I grabbed his shirt and pulled him out and he was already purple... totally down with a big bruise on his head."
Getting blasted by big waves in the process, Tamega kept McGinn afloat until more help arrived, including pro surfer Jamie O'Brien who lifted McGinn onto his board.
"The guy was really heavy, three guys pulled him up on the soft top and we finally dragged him all the way to the beach," said Tamega.
The video shows at least 10 men carrying the unconscious McGinn to shore. After a round of CPR, lifeguards say McGinn regained a pulse and started breathing and talking on his own. Tamega is relieved and glad he was in the right place at the right time.
"The team work, everything was great together," Tamega said. "We saved the guy's life."