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


            Wave heights on the north shore were in the twenty (20) to thirty (30) foot face value range in the morning and slowly subsided to the fifteen (15) to twenty-five (25) foot face value range by the afternoon. City lifeguards performed over 1200 preventive actions and 1 active rescue.


            Surf along the western shorelines started off in the fifteen (15) to twenty (20) foot face value range and slowly dropped off in the twelve (12) to eighteen (18) foot range by the afternoon hours. City lifeguards performed over 800 preventive actions, 37 rescue craft assists and 1 active rescue on the western side of the island today.


“Although the swell was large today the strong northerly winds and disorganized waves made for poor surfing conditions on the north shore,” said Bryan Cheplic, Public Information Officer for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.  “There was a bit more activity on the west side but the lifeguards did a great job of keeping everyone properly informed and safe.” 


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

Monday, January 14, 2008

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