Man and 9-year-old boy rescued in waters off Big Island

Hilo, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- A man in his 30s and a nine-year-old boy are recovering after being swept out to sea Sunday near Keaukaha.

Rescue crews responded to the coastline near Keokea Loop around 10:30 a.m.

Witnesses say a sudden surge of water swept the victims into the ocean.

The boy was rescued by a bystander, while crews airlifted the man out.

He was transported in critical condition.

The boy was listed in stable condition.

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