Apparent Drowning at Makalawena Beach
Rescue Company 7 of the Kailua-Kona station, Chopper 2 of the South Kohala station and Battalion Chief 2 of the Waikoloa Fire station responded to a report of the swimmers in distress at Makalawena Beach on Dec. 5, 2017, at 3 p.m.
Initial reports said three swimmers were in distress and that one person in the party could not swim.
At 3:21 p.m., the Hawai‘i Fire Department’s Chopper 2 was the first to arrive on the scene. Chopper 2 shuttled rescue personnel of company 7 from a landing zone at Mahaiula to the shoreline to assist.
As the incident progressed, fire dispatch determined all parties were on shore. Bystanders were performing CPR on the drowning victim.
Onboard medical crew then initiated advanced life support protocol in an attempt to revive an apparent drowning victim.
A second party with non-life threatening injuries was also extricated via Chopper 2 to awaiting ground unit Medic 7 for treatment and transport to Kona Hospital.
The drowning victim, a male approximately 20 years of age, did not survive after extensive efforts to revive him and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The identity of the victims is not known at this time.