HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -Emergency personnel responded to a report of a swimmer in distress at China Walls Saturday afternoon.
The call came in around 4 p.m.
Emergency Medical Services said the injured 19-year-old man jumped into the water at the infamous spot. Witnesses said he was then smashed into the rocks by a large wave.
Bystanders pulled him out of the water and took him to a safe place where first responders eventually arrived and treated the man.
EMS said he suffered serious injuries to his head and upper body.
He was taken to a hospital. Surf at the time was reported to be 4 to 6 feet.
Ocean Safety authorities have repeatedly warned the public to stay away from China Walls, and avoid swimming in the hazardous area.
Multiple deaths and rescues have happened at the spot in recent years.
Details are developing. This story will be updated.