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Bystanders rescue infant, family from rough waters of Queen's Bath

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    Drowning is the number one cause of injury-related death for tourists, but one group hopes to save lives by giving away free rescue tubes. They've been proven to save lives on Kauai and are just starting to come to Oahu. Joel Leo demonstrates how to use a rescue tube. It's a simple floatation device that can save lives especially at beaches with no lifeguard. As a waterman, Leo's seen his share of dangerous situations. "Being a surfer and body boarder, I've helped a number ...

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PRINCEVILLE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Milwaukee family was caught off guard while visiting a popular, but dangerous swimming spot on Kauai's North Shore Saturday.

The Kauai Fire Department said a family with their 11-month-old baby was standing on the rocks at Queen's Bath when a rogue wave crashed on the shore and swept the family into the water. 

A U.S. Army solider visiting from Oahu sprung into action was able to help bring the family back on shore. A Canadian firefighter also jumped in to assist.

"I think God was with us and that family that day," said Rifka Downey, the soldier's wife.

Downey said she and her husband weren't even planning to be at Queen's Bath that day.

"It was scary and I am so thankful that my husband was there," she said.

The family that was swept into the waves was assessed by Kauai firefighters and released at the scene.

Queen's Bath is known to be a dangerous swimming spot where large waves pose a risk. 

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