A swimmer in distress was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter after being swept out to sea near Hanakapiai Beach on Friday.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was on a routine mission when they received notification by radio from a tour helicopter that S.O.S. was written in the sand on a nearby beach.
The Dolphin crew noticed a male had been pulled off the shore by a rip current. They lowered the rescue basket and the swimmer was able to climb in before being hoisted to safety.