3 California visitors airlifted after rogue wave hit in Maui

3 California visitors airlifted after rogue wave hit in Maui

KAHAKULOA, MAUI (HAWAII NEWS NOW) - Three California visitors were hurt by a rouge wave that caught them off guard and swept them off their feet in Maui.

At around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, a 47-year-old man with his 13-year-old son and his male friend of the same age were hit by a large wave while walking near the water's edge at the popular Olivine Pools. It is located near milepost 16 on Kahekili Highway.

Maui Fire Department said all three suffered multiple lacerations after being washed across the lava rocks. The adult male and his son's friend also sustained leg and head injuries. The adult male's son did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

The three were able to climb back up to safety with the help of other family members, but needed to be airlifted to a landing zone on Kahekili Highway. There, the victims were transferred to paramedics and transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.

This incident comes just a day after fatal drowning of 2 California visitors, a father and his 6-year-old daughter, who were swept off their feet by a rogue wave at the Makapuu Tide Pools.

Although Sunday's incident wasn't fatal, MFD says things could have ended tragically.

MFD is reminding the public to be extra vigilant whenever exploring near ocean areas, especially near rocky shorelines with strong waves.

Officials advise to always watch out for a rogue wave, even though conditions may seem relatively calm, and also to never turn your back to the ocean.

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