KILAUEA — A search is scheduled to continue today for a woman who was swept out to sea at Anini Beach Monday evening.
Fire and Ocean safety personnel suspended their search Wednesday night and will pick back up this morning, said Sarah Blane, county spokeswoman.
The Maryland woman entered the water at the north end of Anini Beach Monday during a high surf advisory, according to a preliminary report. When she became distressed, she called for help. Her friend responded, but got caught in a rip current and also became distressed, the county said.
Witnesses called 911 around 6 p.m.
A bystander on a paddle board assisted the distressed male swimmer roughly 150 yards from shore. When emergency personnel arrived, a firefighter on a rescue board helped bring the man safely to the beach, while a firefighter on Jet Ski searched for the woman.
The 37-year-old Kapaa man was treated and released at the scene.