Baby washed outside house and 59 others rescued as giant waves hit Hawaii

A baby was washed outside a house as giant waves hit the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. As many as 64 people were rescued by rescuers on Sunday in Waimea Bay, Hawaii news now reported.

The wave reached a height of 50 feet as lifeguards and emergency services in Honolulu responded to dozens of calls.

Surf competition “The Eddie” was organized among the big waves, attended by about 50,000 people.

Lifeguards urged participants to remain vigilant and always keep an eye on the ocean as more than 10,500 precautionary warnings have been issued.

Rescuers responded to the call after a wave pushed a concrete barrier onto a 51-year-old woman at around 4pm. She was treated for a possible fracture before being taken to the emergency room.

At around 9:15 a.m., Ocean Safety was called to a home on Ke Iki Road on the north shore of the island after two adults and a child were hit by a wave.

The child was pushed under the house but was rescued unharmed. Rescue services said the adults and the child were examined and neither were seriously injured.

The incident happened after the wave hit a house and several vehicles, KHON2 reported. The adults refused transport to the emergency room.

Rescuers also responded to an incident around 8 a.m. when a 14-year-old boy fell about 10 feet (3 meters) from a tree while trying to watch a surf competition. The boy was unconscious and in serious condition was taken to the hospital for treatment. After an assessment, emergency services said he appeared to make a full recovery.

Around 10:30 a.m., Ocean Safety and EMS responded to a call for treatment for a surfer who believed he had broken ribs but refused to be transported to hospital.

Ocean Safety responded to Makua Beach shortly after 3:00 p.m. after several swimmers found themselves in trouble. Rescuers pulled them to shore uninjured.

Rescue services also said a 34-year-old woman was knocked unconscious after being thrown from the back of a jet ski.

She was taken back ashore on a private jet ski, where she was treated by lifeguards. She was treated and transported to the hospital in a serious condition by the ambulance service.

Officials asked the public to stay away from roofs and walls for safety reasons.

Hawaiian surfer Jake Maki rides a wave as Hawaiian surfer Keala Kennely is wrecked during The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational surfing competition on January 22, 2023. (AFP via Getty Images)

Hawaiian surfer Jake Maki rides a wave as Hawaiian surfer Keala Kennely is wrecked during The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational surfing competition on January 22, 2023. (AFP via Getty Images)

Last held in 2016, around 40 of the best bigwave surfers in the world took part in the competition. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The article reported that Honolulu Ocean Safety conducted a total of 103 rescues and took 12,090 preventive actions.

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