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The City’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division personnel were kept busy again today dealing with the large winter surf impacting the island’s northern and western shorelines.


            Wave heights on the north shore were in the fifteen (15) to twenty (20) foot face value range this morning and slowly subsided to the twelve (12) to eighteen (18) foot face value range by the afternoon. City lifeguards performed over 900 preventive actions, 30 jet-ski assists and 1 active rescue on the north shore today.


            Surf along the western shorelines started off in the twelve (12) to fifteen (15) foot face value range this morning and slowly dropped off in the ten (10) to twelve (12) foot range by the afternoon hours. City lifeguards performed over 200 preventive actions and 4 active rescues on the western side of the island today.


“With the declining swell there was a much higher number of people in the water today versus yesterday,” said Bryan Cheplic, Public Information Officer for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.  “However, the lifeguards are trained to handle these types of conditions so they were able to keep both the surfers and beachgoers safe today.” 


Another large swell is expected to begin impacting the north and western shorelines on Sunday with waves heights possibly reaching the thirty (30) foot face value range so the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division would like to remind beachgoers:


1)     Always swim at a beach with a lifeguard.

2)     Consult with a lifeguard regarding ocean conditions before entering the water.

3)     Heed all warning signs – they are there for a reason.

4)     Never swim alone.

5)     If you see someone in distress call for a lifeguard or dial 9-1-1.

Know your limits - IF IN DOUBT, DON'T GO OUT!


For public information regarding ocean conditions, advisories, and warnings, the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division provides a pre-recorded report which can be accessed 24 hours a day; at 922-3888 x 51 or visit:



Bryan Cheplic, HESD PIO (808) 723-7814

Friday, January 11, 2008

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