Snorkeler captures own rescue on cameraUPDATED 3:29 AM HST Apr 23, 2014Video Transcript
Struggling to survive a rough-water snorkle off the Big Island... And wearing a video camera the whole time! KITV4 has just obtained that dramatic first-person video. KITV 4's Ashley Moser has details on the rescue. It's a KITV4 Exclusive... 01 121 On Cam intro: Paula, Yunji.. This is some scary snorkling ... A man picked a bad spot to go in, and things got worse On Cam intro: Paula, Yunji.. This is some scary snorkling ... A man picked a bad spot to go in, and things got worse from there. His waterproof camera was rolling the whole time! nat struggling "Oh!!" The trouble started almost instantly for this snorkler when he waded into rough water off Paniau Beach in Puako. nat struggling This is HIS point of view as he bobbed in and out of the water. Struggling. Wearino. Luckily for him... Zach Sato was surfing nearby... Zach 19:00:12 "I YEE TO SEE IF HE WAS OKAY I COULD SEE HE WAKIND OF RUGGLING. HE PUT HIS S KIND OF RUGGLING. PUT HIS HAND UP ALL E WAY. AND SO I PADDLED ER THERE." 19:00:18 t surfers "hold on to is board! lay on the board!" "ah" "aH" Sato and a friend grabbed the man. They say he was about to lose his battle with the sea... Zach 1:43 "THIRTY SECONDS MORE...90 PERCENT CHANCE HE WOULD HAVE DIED. LIKE PURE BLUE KIND OF SWOLLEN AND HIS EYES WERE BARLEY LIKE. ALMOST ROLLED BACK." 1:52 The two bring the man safely to shore... Tugging him in on their surf boards. Zach 19:05:35 "THE GUY WAS PRETTY MUCH HEAVING. HE COULDN'T EVEN HOLD HIM SELF UP ON HIS OWN WILL. 19:05:40 Safely on shore, and probably still woozy... The guy wearing the camera pulls it off... and drops it in the sand ... nat of it rolling in the sand Two weeks later... found the camera... Played the video, and found himself immersed in the drama! Aaron 18:08:15 "WHEN YOU SEE THE VIDEO FOR THE FIRST TIME AND YOU DON'T KNOW THE OUTCOME ...IT'S TERRIFYING. YOU THINK...'OH MAN. THIS GUY IS GOING DOWN'." 18:08:18 Aaron 18:08:05 "LUCKILY THE SURFER CAME INTO VIEW. WE BOTH BREATHED A SIGH OF RELIEF. YOU THANK GOD THIS GUY IS THERE!" 18:10: So here's where we are now. Nobody knows who this snorkler is. Not the surfers, not the man who found the camera. We'll post the story on our website and on Facebook. Once it's up, we'd love to see your comments, ESPECIALLY if you know who that is. LIKE us while you're on Facebook, too. Paula, Yunji.