Man reportedly swept into ocean on Kauai's North Shore

Second man, 47, rescued and hospitalized

 UPDATED 4:56 PM HST Mar 04, 2013
KALIHIWAI, Hawaii -

Rescue crews on Kauai searched Monday for a man in Kalihiwai waters on Kauai’s North Shore.

According to officials, the man was with three other friends in a remote location near South Kalihiwai Point at around 11:30 a.m.  They were reportedly walking along the rocky shoreline when he and another man were swept into the ocean by a powerful wave.

Rescue crews aboard a fire department helicopter responded along with other firefighters, lifeguards on jet ski and Kauai police.

The helicopter located one of the two victims, a 47-year-old man, and airlifted him to Kalihiwai Beach where awaiting medics transported him to Wilcox Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

His identity is unknown at this time but is believed to be a visitor.

On Saturday, search was suspended for a missing Kilauea man, who reportedly went swimming at Ninini Beach near Lihue last Tuesday.  The man was identified as 55-year-old Scott Akina.

The incident occurred within a few hundred feet of the double-drowning of two San Francisco men on Jan. 18 when Brian Baker, 47, was swept into the ocean by a rogue wave.  His friend, 46-year-old Adam Griffiths, attempted to save his friend but was also overcome by the high surf. Rescuers were able to recover the body of Adam Griffiths but Brian Baker’s body was never recovered.

A high surf advisory remains in effect for all north and west facing shores through 6 a.m. Tuesday.  The National Weather Service reports that surf is expected to build up to 24-feet-high with strong breaking waves and a pounding shoreline.

Beachgoers are urged to stay up-to-date with ocean conditions by visiting www.kauaiexplorer.com.

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