Monster surf keeps North Shore lifeguards busy

Monster surf keeps North Shore lifeguards busy

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - North Shore lifeguards rescued 12 people on Thursday as surf with 20-foot faces pounded shorelines.

Most of the rescues were at Ehukai Beach Park, officials said.

Meanwhile, lifeguards rescued nine people on west-facing shores.

A High Surf Warning remains in effect for north- and west-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai and Molokai and north-facing shores of Oahu and Maui through Thursday night.

Surf peaked Thursday morning, but remains dangerous.

As a result of the monster waves, officials on the Big Island have closed the following beaches: Laaloa Beach Park, Kahaluu Beach Park, Kua Bay, Hapuna Beach, Mauumae Beach and Kaunaoa Bay.

Lifeguards on Oahu are urging beachgoers to keep a safe distance from shore. Only experienced surfers should enter the water.

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