Divers rescue tourist

An anonymous tourist and his wife likely are thankful that two local men were

out diving Saturday morning at the Tunnels on the North Shore.

Zack Kamal

and James Langtad, both 21, were in the ocean about noon when they saw a man

and a woman in trouble.

According to Elizabeth Kamala, Langtad’s mother,

the man was able to make it to shore. But the woman, caught in a riptide, was

being swept out into open sea.

“Zack swam out and saved her and James

assisted,” Kamala reported.

The two rescuers couldn’t be reached for


Kaua`i Fire Department chief David Sproat said the incident was

not uncommon.

“Surfers and boogie boarders are the unsung heroes,” Sproat

said. “There are many incidents that go unheard of. These guys saw someone in

trouble and they just did it. It happens a lot. The natural inclination is just

to help, and the people in the water – the surfers and divers – they just do


Kamal and Langtad didn’t wait around for the authorities. The pair

went back to their diving, according to Kamala.

“Those visitors were lucky

Zack and James were even there,” she said, adding her son and his friend had

talked about not going diving that day.

Staff writer Dennis Wilken can

be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) and [dwilken@pulitzer.net]


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