Opihi Picker Dies on the Big Island

Hawaii Fire Department Company 8 responded to call of a 27 year-old male swimmer in distress near an area called “Kawela’s” located in Honoka’a.  Members of the fire department proceeded down to the location via gravel road to location at the ocean.  Chopper 1 was on the scene with rescue swimmer.

Billy Pugh Net

Billy Pugh Net

Upon arrival the male party located in the ocean, floating face down.  The rescue swimmer on the  Chopper was deployed and he retrieved the unconscious victim by billy pugh net. They both were flown to the awaiting Medic unit for transport to the nearest hospital.

The man was reported to be picking opihi when he got in trouble.

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