Late morning of January 12, 2010 Jacob Pelta and Ed Wallmark were body surfing off Little Beach at Makena State Park. Wave faces were eight to ten feet. There was a strong undertow and rip current at either end of the beach as the waves came in perpendicular to the shore.
Beach regulars noted that the two swimmers appeared to be in distress and were being pulled out by the currents.
Local regulars and competent water men Rick Van Ettan and Don Lax swam out and connected with the swimmers. Rick connected with Ed, who was further out. Don connected with Jacob.
Observers on shore viewed the situation as under control. Both swimmers were on body boards and moving about with the assistance of experienced competent swimmers. A common sight that had been played out many times in the last few days as people not familiar with the subtleties of the Little Beach currents learned about them through direct contact.
Rick advised Ed that it would be best to move out beyond the waves and wait for the personal water craft kept at the south most lifeguard tower over at Big Beach. He expected them in minutes. ( The lifeguards are adamant in not providing any preventative action at Little Beach although it was Richard Young's death that triggered the action to bring lifeguards back to Makena State Park. Beach users are advised to call 911 when assistance is needed. Results have been similar to this one, too late to make a difference.)
Don and Jacob had moved relatively close to shore and were in waste deep water working against a strong outgoing current. Jacob lost his footing and went face down in water. Don signaled those on shore with a wave of his arm that he needed assistance.
A number of people responded and dragged Jacob from the surf.
On shore qualified medical personnel visiting the beach as tourist began to administer CPR. Jacob was not responding.
Meanwhile off shore Rick and Ed were picked up by a tour boat from the nearest hotel. The boat routinely brings a boatload of tourist past the beaches of Makena state park.
Rick felt he had been in the water some twenty minutes and wondered where the lifeguards and their personal water craft could be when the tour boat came by..
Calls had been placed to 911 by beach patrons.
Lifeguards appeared on the beach with a defibrillator in hand and took over the CPR.
A medical doctor on the scene felt that the lifeguards did what was appropriate for the situation. He was surprised they did not carry an endo trachea breathing tube. He also noted that he did not see the defibrillator go off.
Eventually the lifeguards arrived with the personal water craft. Jacob was placed on the sled. Initial efforts to leave resulted in the water craft dumping over in the surf. Once restored the craft was successful in the next attempt.
Please advise by email,email@example.com , if you know of injuries at Makena State Park Data sought is date, time, location, sex, age, nature of injuries
Attention virtually no information is available on injuries at Makena State Park after May 1, 2009. Three Neck/back compression a month is probably a reasonable number to expect.
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