Rescue attempt ends in two deaths

Two visitors drowned Sunday after a rescue attempt involving a third visitor at ‘Anini Beach Park, county officials said in a press release.

Glenn Manning of Wichita, Kan., and Ronald Rowlett of Vacaville, Calif., were pronounced dead at the scene after they attempted to rescue a woman who was being swept out to sea, officials with the Kaua’i Police Department state in the release.

One of the men was the husband of the rescued woman, the officials state.

The incident started when the two men heard the woman’s cries for help. Ocean Safety Bureau personnel, using a jet ski, retrieved the woman who was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

However, the two men did not survive ocean conditions, said fire department officials.

A large northwest swell battered north-facing beaches Sunday with 30 foot and higher waves. As large waves pour over the reefs, the channels become the only exit point for the water, making swift currents.

The deaths Sunday mark the third and fourth drownings this year on Kaua’i. A man drowned on the Wailua River in early January and a lone swimmer drowned at Donkey Beach in high surf conditions about two weeks ago.

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