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Two swimmers rescued from rough surf (May 16)

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Two swimmers were rescued Friday in separate incidents due to high surf and rough ocean conditions.

At 9:20 a.m., emergency crews responded to the report of a swimmer in distress offshore of the Outrigger Kanaloa condos in Keauhou.

A 60-year-old man encountered trouble trying to make it through the shore break to open water.

He was assisted by a swimming companion and a paddleboarder until a rescue boat arrived.

Two fire department rescue personnel continued CPR while the rescue boat made its way to Keauhou Bay.

At 2:46 p.m., lifeguards rescued a 61-year-old man who nearly drowned at Kahaluu Beach Park in Kona.

Rescue personnel arrived to find water safety personnel already had pulled the man from the water and had started CPR.

Both men were taken by ambulance to Kona Community Hospital.

Neither were identified and there was no report on their condition.

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