Couple swept off rocks into ocean in Hawaii

Witnesses said the couple fell in the water and drifted into crashing waves after they walked past warning signs to a remote area for pictures.
2:27 | 07/18/19

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Back now with the couple lucky to be alive after they fell into the water while taking pictures in Hawaii and got trapped in powerful waves there. Paula Faris is here with more on the dramatic video. Good morning, Paula. Good morning. Yes, as you said they're lucky to be alive vacationing from Oklahoma. They ignored the many warning signs to take a photo and that's when a large wave swallowed and pulled them out to sea. Hey. Reporter: These are the terrifying moments a couple is swept to sea in the midst of Hawaii's biggest waves of the year. Witnesses say the couple fell in after they went down a cliff past warning signs, scaled a rock wall to a remote area, all to try and take some pictures. The raucous waves separating the couple. The woman seen here drifting away as waves are crashing over she's fighting to stay above water. We have jet ski operators in the ocean already due to the high surf. They responded from around the coast and met up with the two lifeguards. We put them on our jet ski and we brought them in. Reporter: It's not the first incident like this to occur around here with onlookers risking their safety for that perfect photo. Dodging warning signs and entering areas unsafe for selfies on a cliff coastline with no lifeguard on duty. People tend to want to get that picture and end up getting swept out into the ocean. For us to respond it takes time. They're not at a guarded beach. Thankfully lifeguards were there within nine minutes but credited the bystander for keeping his eyes on the couple and called 911 within seconds. The lifeguard we spoke to said this is one of the craziest rescues he has been a part of. We're glad they're okay. Despite the warnings and die spite this specific incident, we're hearing that people are still ignoring those warning sign. They are ignoring them. Our affiliate covering the story went out to this particular lookout yesterday. They said dozens of people were scaling that wall to get that photo ignoring the many warnings. Even after they heard about this. Even after they heard about this. The warning signs are there for a reason and you pointed out so many times there's no photo worth it. No, no, not at all. Thanks, Paula. All right, Amy.

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