Honolulu’s Ocean Safety lifeguards and Emergency Medical Services treated four people Sunday for injuries sustained at Sandy Beach in East Oahu.
At around 2:45 p.m. a local woman, 52, apparently hit her head on the reef as she dove under a wave. Lifeguards responded and stabilized her until EMS arrived.
At the same time, lifeguards responded to a 53-year-old male visitor from Montana, who was apparently bodyboarding for the first time when he fell off his board and struck his face on the sand and reef. Lifeguards stabilized him and crews took over treatment.
Both were taken in stable condition to a trauma center.
Just after 5 p.m., Ocean Safety assisted a 19-year old local woman out of the shore break at Sandy Beach. Officials say she suffered an ankle injury when a wave crashed into her. EMS paramedics took over treatment.
At the same time, lifeguards responded to a 23-year old local woman who went over a wave and hit the sand.
The same EMS crew took both patients to the trauma center in serious condition.
The surf was about one foot, but despite the waves being small, Sandy Beach is still considered a hazardous break.
Ocean Safety always advises beachgoers to check with lifeguards before going into the water.