2 dead after numerous ocean rescues around Oahu

Updated: Sep. 19, 2020 at 4:53 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Officials reported at least two deaths following multiple ocean-related emergencies Saturday.

Just before 4 p.m., EMS officials say a woman became unresponsive in the waters on the Ewa side of Magic Island. Crews rescued pulled the woman to shore and performed CPR, but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. EMS pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

The woman’s age and identity have not yet been released.

Around 1:15 p.m., ocean safety officials pulled an unresponsive man from waters off Kaimana Beach. He was transported to the emergency room in critical condition but later died.

The Medical Examiner’s office has identified him as 72-year-old Wayne Matsukawa. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.

There were also several other ocean related emergencies throughout the day on Saturday.

Around 9:30 a.m., two women were sucked out into the ocean while snorkeling. Lifeguards found them about 1,000 yards off of Electric Beach caught up in the current. Lifeguards were able to bring them back to shore with no major injuries.

At noon, crews were called out to two kayakers in distress outside of Kahala Beach. Both were helped back safely with no major injuries.

Then around 1 p.m., a man and a woman in their 20s were knocked off the rocks at Spitting Caves into rough waters. Safety personnel responded on jet skis and pulled them to shore. Surf at the time was around 4 to 8 feet. Medical attention was not needed.

And lastly, a 19-year-old diver was also reported missing off a Waimanalo beach, but was found shortly after the initial emergency call.

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