HAWAII (KHON2) — The Hawaii Fire Department rescued a woman at the Onomea shoreline near the Kawainui Stream on Thursday, November 7.
The HFD responded with four units and nine personnel when they received the call at 10:42 a.m.
According to officials, a 911 caller onboard a boat heard someone calling for help. When responders arrived on the scene, they found a woman on the shoreline.
A responder deployed into the water and swam to shore. He assessed the patient, then was airlifted with the female to the landing zone.
And it’s all thanks to rescue crews, and a boat captain who made the life-saving 911 call.
Captain Kimo Field of Hilo Ocean Adventures was at the right place at the right time when he heard the woman’s cries for help and ended up saving her life.
Captain Field says that on Thursday, he was taking a tour group to go snorkeling and to see the dolphins.
He says he usually doesn’t go past Onomea Point, but this time he did.
“As I got even closer to the sound, the people inside of the boat also could hear the yelling. Then I heard a whistle,” said Captain Field. “I told this person that was stranded in the sea cave that help was on its way.”
The 55-year-old woman says that her kayak sank on November 3, 2019, and was apparently stranded for four days on the shoreline.
After she received treatment, the woman was transported to Hilo Medical Center.