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More possible drownings

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More possible drownings

The news just said 2 people were swept out. They found one... Still looking for other :(

It's dangerous walking by those waves!

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Seems like the same remote area near Secret Beach where the SF men lost their lives last month. When the county says dangerous conditions like they did today, they mean it.

From the county website:

‎--Rescuers search for missing swimmer in waters off Kaua'i’s North Shore--

KALIHIWAI – Rescue specialists are actively searching for a missing swimmer in Kalihiwai waters on Kaua'i’s North Shore.

According to preliminary reports, two males were walking the rocky shoreline at around 11:30 a.m. in an area between Kalihiwai Bay and Kauapea Beach, commonly known as Secret Beach, when they were swept into the ocean by high surf.

Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 responded along with Engine 1, Truck 1, lifeguards on jet ski and Kaua'i police. Air 1 located one of the two victims, a 47-year-old male, and airlifted him to Kalihiwai Beach where awaiting medics transported him to Wilcox Hospital.

The search continues now for the second male victim. His identity is unknown at this time.

Updates on the incident will be given as information becomes available.

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We are at the Cliffs and are watching the search helicopters over the ocean.

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We witnessed a rescue at Kalihiwai two weeks ago. Two people were being pulled out and were signaling for help. Three surfers on shore grabbed their boards and paddled out. Another grabbed a rescue tube and swam out. They were almost out even with the outer rocks before they got to them. Luckily they got both of them safely to shore.

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Thanks, travelbugged. What a shame. It doesn't look good. Secret Beach can be pounding even in the summer months. Not the place I'd want to casually be standing near the surf. It's a remote beach with no help around or possibly even no one around to notice if one gets into trouble.

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I spoke to someone today and they said it is so rough at Black Pot Beach in Hanalei, that surfer's boards are breaking in half. March can be cruel. Be mindful of the powers of the sea!

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Wow....it just shows that the ocean really needs to be respected. Even when I am there in the summer, I am so cautious...we only stay by the inner reef at tunnels to snorkel. I'm just afraid of something happening even though I would love to see the outer reef. I admit the first time my husband and I went to Maui we knew nothing. We saw people walking out on the rocks in Kapalua while we were golfing. The guy golfing with us, a resident, said every couple months someone is swept out there by a rogue wave. Opened our eyes.

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is it dangerus walking by those waves.........????? The OP asks

walking on north shore beaches, near the ocean waves .it is dangerous ?

10 people in the last few weeks have drowned . 8 are tourists.

YES ! IT IS DANGEROUS.....you might read up on ocean safety, and hazzards, and weather, and north shore giant waves roaring in, and learn as much as you can .

We have been posting safety suggestions and snorkeling tips for years, and a whole lot of them recently. Also, we stress personal responsibility and not under estimating the power of the ocean. Plus many of the different surf and ocean and current reports that are available.

Plus safer areas to swim and beach it where there are lifeguards, and what shores have calmer surf for this time of year.

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Aloha from Kaua'i!

This is so very sad on so many levels....2 men were drowned in this same spot in January - now 2 men were again swept into the ocean - one made it out this time.

Beyond tragic.....

Malama Pono,

Janet

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Denny- I didn't post it as a question....I said it with an exclamation mark! I am fully aware of what has been happening. I think the issue isn't the people who read these boards...people here have been stressing the safety. It is when people come and they don't know the dangers of the ocean. They haven't read anything. It's very sad.

Edited: 05 March 2013, 05:16
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I think people don't realize the power of the ocean even from a slight distance. The article on this drowning isn't very clear. Was he swimming or on the rocks? If he was swimming, that is so plain old dumb (sorry to be so harsh but this area is a like a washing machine) but some don't realize the strength of the waves on those rocks. It looks so pretty and mesmorizing. Then you walk out on lava shelves like at Queen's Bath or Secret Beach and you are caught. A wave comes crashing and there is no place to go but out in the sea. May his body be found and his family find peace. Accidents do happen on any vacation. Unfortunately Kauai is seeing way too many accidents this year by both visitors and locals. One local gentleman still hasn't been found.