Opihi picker rescued by HFD

Hawaii County Fire department rescued an opihi picker Tuesday afternoon north of Ha‘ena Beach.

Responding to a 4 p.m. call rescue personnel found a 32 year-old male was swept off a cliffside by a large wave while picking opihi fronting Shipman Estates property.

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High surf warning was in effect for parts of the Big Island at the time of the incident.

Chopper 1 was first on scene and was able to locate the man in the water. A rescue swimmer entered the water from Chopper 1 and was able to retrieve him utilizing a rescue net and bring him to land.

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The opihi picker sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

HFD reminds the public to be aware of weather and surf conditions and heed warnings for their own safety.

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