Swimmer Rescued in Hilo BayOctober 13, 2017, 7:58 PM HST (Updated October 13, 2017, 7:58 PM)
Hawai‘i Fire Department units were dispatched to a possible swimmer in distress on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at 13:49 p.m.
A caller said a female swimmer in her late 20s was seen leaving the Wailoa River mouth heading out toward a green channel marker located about 1 mile off shore.
When the caller lost sight of her, the caller became concerned and called 911.
After a 35-minute search, Chopper 1 located the swimmer and deployed a rescue swimmer.
The patient was taken to shore via Billy Pugh net.
The exhausted swimmer refused medical attention.
Search commenced for swimmer in Hilo bay. Located via aircraft and extricated using a Billy Pugh.