Daren Jenner was bodysurfing at Poipu Reef last week Friday morning when he heard a call for help and saw a snorkeler struggling. In waters pretty far offshore, he took off for help.
Jenner has a Go Pro on his handboard that captured the rescue.
Jenner says the snorkeler was exhausted. He continues to calm the snokeler down as they begin to swim to shore.
"Get your breath. Just take you there. We're alright here," said Jenner.
But, at this moment, that snorkeler clearly doesn't feel fine, and he almost added to a staggering statistic. Between 2009 and 2013, 79 people died while snorkeling in Hawaii.
Male victims outnumber females 3-1 and two-thirds of the victims were 55 years of age or older.
Age isn't always a factor. The surf conditions play a big role. Just last Saturday, two California men drowned while snorkeling off Hunakai Street in Kahala. The victims were 31 and 32 years old.
The Poipu rescue would soon become a team effort. Jenner flags down a surfer to assist.
The snorkeler off Kauai was lucky Jenner heard his calls for help. Six minutes later, he was on the shoreline and getting help from paramedics.