Recent tourist drownings in Hawaii

Nov 7th, 2005, 11:19 AM
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This photo explains it all RE: drownings...
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Nov 7th, 2005, 11:20 AM
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BY the WAY: you can use

to make a shorter URL instead of pasting in a 100-character string that throws off the format of this page.

Just a friendly tip for the future...
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Nov 7th, 2005, 12:59 PM
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I LOVE the tinyURL! Thanks so much!

Here's the tiny link to the warning photos site:
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Nov 7th, 2005, 03:23 PM
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Good stuff, oenophile!!
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Nov 8th, 2005, 02:41 PM
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We were on the North Shore of Oahu during the height of the big wave season. We were standing on the shore line with our backs to the ocean getting our pictures taken. 15-20 seconds after the picture was taken people starting yelling watch out! By locals accounts it was the biggest wave to hit the beach in several years, it chased everyone up the beach and washed over into the parking area. The scary part is that when we looked at the picture there was absolutely no sign that the swell was on it's way.
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Nov 11th, 2007, 12:28 PM
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Two years later, the pattern continues....
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Nov 11th, 2007, 03:41 PM
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locals and visitors alike drown. i used to love swimming along the shore line way out there, people say they can barely see my head. but iíve had more problems with man of war than being swept out.

the only advise if swept away (anywhere, not just HI), first and foremost - DON'T PANIC. panicking will only drain precious energy and strength which you need. donít fight the current, relax, and go with the flow even if it takes you out farther. once youíve reached the surface, donít try to swim straight to shore. waves come in from an angle, save your strength and swim with the current even if you make it to shore a mile away from where you started. easier said than done? maybe, since panicking is an automatic reaction for those that donít know better.
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Nov 18th, 2007, 02:04 PM
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Thanks for bumping this brought this to my attention, and I am going to avoid beaches with hazard signs from now on! I have been guilty of clueless-tourist syndrome, but no more! Thanks for all the warnings and advice.

Last Christmas, my dad and I visited Hapuna Beach. We are both very strong swimmers, so when we saw the "dangerous shore break" and "strong current" signs, we shrugged our shoulders and proceeded to go to the beach and get in the water. We ignored the red flag (how stupid could we possibly be?!?).

As novice boogie boarders, my dad and I swam out and started to try to catch some waves. The waves were maybe 4-5 feet high, and we were having a great time. Before we knew it, the waves got bigger and bigger...but we just kept on trying to catch a wave. I got tumbled two or three times; I just tucked my head and rolled with it. My dad got tumbled a couple times too. When a couple of the young, twentysomething guys near us started discussing the 2 broken necks and the broken back that happened earlier in the day, we FINALLY got out. Looking out into the now 10-12 ft. waves, we couldn't believe we'd been out there. I ended up with a skinned knee and elbow, and with a big freaky bruise where the tether to my boogie board had wrapped around my upper arm. Weirdly, I'd been having muscle tension issues in my neck and shoulders...that were fixed when I smacked my head against the ocean floor at one point, wrenching my neck. Free chiropracty and dermabrasion, I quipped later in the whirlpool. Now, I realize how lucky we were not to have become another statistic.

This year, we'll stick to calmer waters, and respect posted warning signs!
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Nov 18th, 2007, 02:26 PM
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You just made me smile ear to ear with your post.

Safe journey and happy trails to you!
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