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More Drownings in Kauai?

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More Drownings in Kauai?

Did anyone hear of new drownings near Anini Beach? Saw something in paper this morning about a Northern Calif man and a guy from Kansas I think, who tried to save a wife who was caught in riptide? Its just really hard for non ocean savy tourists to tell the difference sometimes. We were going to go in at Anini in November but just didn't like the look of it and the wind, even though there were a few in the water.

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1. Re: More Drownings in Kauai?

Sounds like they went too close to the outflow or too close to the reef in rough water.

Anini gets very windy around 2:00 each afternoon. I was actually there in November and had no trouble, even went almost out to the reef, but had it been rough I never would have done it. Late one afternoon the current running west was so strong pretty much all you could do was get in and drift with it.

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2. Re: More Drownings in Kauai?

This might be a good place to remind people that if you ever get caught in a rip current, DON'T FIGHT IT! Swim parallel to the shore. Eventually you will get out of the current and still have enough energy to swim back to shore.

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3. Re: More Drownings in Kauai?

Story is here:

starbulletin.com/2006/02/07/news/story02.html

Wife was on some sort of flotation device and was swept out past the reef.

pzp
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4. Re: More Drownings in Kauai?

20-30' faces?! Eek! As I said, they were obviously in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Good point on rip current, jhart.

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5. Re: More Drownings in Kauai?

Surf was very high the last 2 days. Today it's diminished below advisory levels and tomorrow the high surf comes in again.

We've been to Anina several times. There is quite a rip tide to the left side of the beach even in good surf. But there are plenty of areas that are far enough away from that area that it still is a great beach. The snorkeling isn't very good, though. It is pretty shallow for quite a ways out, so if the current gets strong, you should be able to walk back---as long as you don't let yourself get out too far. It's quite a ways to the end of the reef.

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6. Re: More Drownings in Kauai?

Anini is on the north shore, right?

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7. Re: More Drownings in Kauai?

I just read the story, how sad:(

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8. Re: More Drownings in Kauai?

Despite good intentions of doing more active things, somehow we always seem to end up hanging out at Anini. Snorkeling was better once upon a time, but it's still a nice beach.

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9. Re: More Drownings in Kauai?

We like to hang out at Anini, too. It's a beautiful beach and we usually find lots of interesting shells along the beach.

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10. Re: More Drownings in Kauai?

What a tragic thing to happen while on vacation. The ocean is a powerful thing and sometimes we take it for granted and forget how dangerous it can be. Especially us landlocked tourists.