PUNA DISTRICT, Hawaii (KHNL) - A fisherman escaped a brush with death after being swept out to sea on the Big Island.
It happened around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon.
Fire officials say the 42-year old man was swept into the ocean while fishing in Opihikao which is on the east side of the Big Island.
When a fire helicopter arrived on scene, they found the man hanging onto a cooler.
Rescuers managed to pull him from the water and take him to shore.