Lifeguards Rescue Visitor from Waters off Kealia Beach

KEALIA, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — Lifeguards rescued a 21-year-old visitor from waters off Kealia Beach Thursday afternoon. Reports say three men were swimming near the south end of the beach around 2:15 PM when they got caught in a rip current and became distressed. One of the men was spotted by Kealia tower, unresponsive in the water, and a lifeguard roving the beach on ATV was notified. With assistance from a nearby off-duty lifeguard, ocean safety officials quickly responded and assisted the men to shore. Once on shore, lifeguards began administering CPR on the unresponsive swimmer. They applied a defibrillator and continued CPR until firefighters and medics arrived on scene. After continued resuscitation efforts, the man regained a pulse and was transported to Wilcox Hospital for further treatment.Lifeguards say they had notified the men of the dangerous rip currents near the south end of the beach before they went into the water. The county reminds the public to heed all warnings from ocean safety officials.

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