Two swimmers were rescued Friday in separate incidents due to high surf, according to written Hawaii Fire Department statements.
At 9:20 a.m., 12 units, including both county helicopters, responded to the report of a swimmer in distress offshore of the Outrigger Kanaloa condos in Keauhou.
A 60-year-old man encountered trouble trying to make it through the shore break to open water. He was assisted by a swimming companion and a paddleboarder until a rescue boat arrived.
At 2:46 p.m., lifeguards rescued a 61-year-old man who nearly drowned Friday in high surf at Kahaluu Beach Park in Kona.
Both men were taken by ambulance to Kona Community Hospital. Neither were identified and there was no report on their condition.