Honolulu lifeguards rescue 5 swimmers near Diamond Head

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Jul. 18—Five swimmers in distress at China Walls were rescued by lifeguards within two hours today.

Honolulu Ocean Safety reported that the rescues were part of two separate cases, with the first occurring just after 1 :15 p.m. and the second at 2 :30 p.m.

In the first incident, a group of six people "were all in an unsafe situation near the rocky shoreline." Half the group was able to leave the situation, but three unidentified males who were part of the group were smashed onto the rocks by waves and were unable to leave on their own.

Lifeguards on Jet Ski found the swimmers in the water and brought them to shore. Honolulu Emergency Medical Services was at the scene and evaluated one of the patients who then refused further medical treatment.

At 2 :30 p.m., patrolling lifeguards rescued two more distressed swimmers at China Walls and also brought them to shore.

The Honolulu Emergency Services Department encouraged the public to know their limits before entering the water and walk to others before going into an unfamiliar area.

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