“I turn my back and one of the kids fell in the water. I jumped in grabbed him pulled him up on the pier,” said a man named Gino, as he remembered the time he saved a young boy from drowning.
The latest news sharpened faded memories.
Officials say two year old Melisa Mizutani drowned Monday afternoon in waters off Sand Island Beach Park.
A boater found her lifeless body floating 50 yards away.
GINO 635 Its shattering cause their life hasn't begun yet.
The tragic day continued, with another incident just two hours later here at at Point Panic off of Kakaako where a young boy nearly lost his life.
“This is difficult on everyone,” said Emergency Services Spokesperson Shayne Enright.
There are 41 lifeguard towers on Oahu, but neither Sand Island Beach Park nor Point Panic is manned.
Rescue crews said, in the first case, the two year old was left unattended.
At Point Panic, with relatives out of sight, children were left watching children.
“This will leave permanent damage on this family, on this 10 year old that was supposed to be responsible for watching this child. It leaves permanent damage on the paramedics, the firefighters, the community, and the witnesses,” said Enright.
She warned families, even if it's a beach you think your familiar with, the ocean floor can change, currents can change and tragedy can happen in a flash.
“We live on an island we're surrounded by water so we all have to do our part,” she said.
The six year old boy who nearly lost his life at Point Panic was taken to the Queens Medical Center in critical condition.