Body of a missing swimmer recovered at Moi Hole

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6:00 p.m. update: Two people were swept into the ocean near Yokohama Bay Sunday. Only one survived. The following morning, Ocean Safety lifeguards found the missing swimmer’s body during their search. Officials have not identified the man at this time. 21-year-old Zena Gran survived and is currently at the Queen’s Medical Center where we met her friends, family, and even co-workers.

Zena’s mother Mona Gran tells us her daughter is in a coma. She suffered cuts and gashes from hitting the reef. All friends and family can do now are be by her side.

“We are not guaranteed stability right now so we’re praying. We’re asking for everybody’s prayers please,” said Gran.

Zena’s coworkers also showed up in solidarity.

“We want to be here to show our support that she is loved, people care about her, people want to see her have a speedy recovery. We just really hope she comes out of this,” said Zena’s manager Brittney Beach.

Officials say it happened at Moi Hole near Yokohama Bay. Jeromey Hoots was there Sunday recording the surf.

“How many times we told her don’t turn her back to the waves but we’re thinking maybe they were doing a selfie,” said Gran.

Ocean Safety tells us there was big surf on Sunday. Rescuers were able to get Zena back to shore but it wasn’t until the Monday morning the body of the missing man was recovered.

“The body was found in the Moi Hole where apparently he and the woman got swept in,” said Shayne Enright of the Emergency Medical Services Department. “That’s what makes it a difficult place to search, you have to go in and out and continue to look. You have to go under the water and search.”

Gran had this to say to the man’s family.

“I’m very sorry. None of this should’ve happened to both of them. I’m very sorry. I really am, my heart goes out to you,” she said.

And to everyone else:

“We know this if you’re a parent or swimmer never turn your back to the ocean even though it looks innocent don’t ever do it lesson learned right there,” said Gran.

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Update: At about 8 a.m. on Monday, December 2, Ocean Safety lifeguards found the body of the missing swimmer.

Exact location And ID are pending.

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A woman was rescued off of Kaena Point at Moi Hole on Sunday, December 1, around 5:15 p.m.

The Honolulu Fire Department and Honolulu Ocean Safety received reports of two swimmers in distress at Moi Hole and responded to the scene.

Lifeguards were able to rescue a 21-year-old woman from the ocean and brought her to shore where cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed.

Honolulu Emergency Medical Services took over with advanced life support treatment and transported her to an emergency room in critical condition.

Both HFD and Ocean Safety continued their search for the woman’s companion, who is said to be a 19-year-old man. But responders were not able to find him.

Due to weather and lighting conditions at 7:15 p.m., Ocean Safety and HFD will suspend their search, according to officials.

HFD said that they will continue search efforts at first light on Monday, December 2.

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