Swimmer rescued after jumping off cliffs at South Point

KAILUA-KONA — A female was hospitalized Tuesday after jumping into the ocean from the cliffs at South Point.

Hawaii Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly before noon after receiving a report of a female swimmer in distress at the southern-most point of Hawaii Island.

The victim, whose age was unavailable, had jumped into the water at the popular spot but was unable to scale the 40-foot ladder back onto the cliff because she was having “trouble” with her lower limbs, said East Hawaii Battalion Chief Matthias Kusch.

Using Chopper 2, rescue personnel plucked the female from the water. Because of the distance from South Point to the nearest hospital, Kusch said she was subsequently flown to Kona Community Hospital for medical care. No additional information was immediately available on the female’s condition.

The South Point Landing area is a popular spot listed in several social media and tourist web pages; however, the area is not safe for jumping or diving into the water. Warning signs are posted prohibiting jumping or diving into the water.


  1. Du Mhan Yhu July 24, 2018 8:05 pm

    Millennials continue to provide amusement………..

    At least she did not OD from Tide Pods………………

  2. Graystash July 24, 2018 11:41 pm

    Boy jumping from those Cliffs is a REAL CHALLENGE !! Glad she seems OK !!

    1. Du Mhan Yhu July 25, 2018 6:05 pm

      Not so long ago some guy jumping from End of the World drowned.

      You want extreme thrills, you take your chances Do not expect the rest of us to pay for it or have much sympathy if it all goes Tango Uniform.

  3. KonaDude July 25, 2018 10:12 am

    If people had to pay for the helicopter ride they probably wouldn’t jump!!

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