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Swimmer Rescued in Hilo Bay

October 13, 2017, 7:58 PM HST
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Hilo Bay rescue, Oct. 13, 2017, 4:45 p.m. PC: Crystal Richard

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.

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The exhausted swimmer refused medical attention.

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Search commenced for swimmer in Hilo bay. Located via aircraft and extricated using a Billy Pugh.

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