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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2006
CITY CREWS PULL FIVE FROM WATERS OFF PORTLOCK
Three female visitors and a male diving instructor entered the waters off China Walls this afternoon to go scuba diving. When they were done, however, they were unable to return to shore at the rocky spot.
“It’s tough to come back in on that ledge when the ocean’s flat. With today’s three-foot south swell and the easterly wind swell, it was even more dangerous,” said Ocean Safety Division spokesman Jimmy Barros.
The surf was threatening to dash the divers into the rocks until a bystander, a local man, jumped in. He calmed the divers down and got them out of the surge, away from the rocks.
“That guy who jumped in really, really helped,” said Barros.
Meanwhile, other bystanders called 911. Fire dispatchers notified Ocean Safety at 2:55 p.m.. Ocean Safety Lt. Dave Loganbill from
A City Emergency Medical Services ambulance responded from Wailupe. The paramedics treated the divers for cuts and scrapes, but no one required hospitalization.
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Friday, March 17, 2006|