The three hailed as heroes by parents who watched helplessly from shore as their children were swept out to sea.
Three Israeli surfers went to the aid of eight children struggling in the waters off Hawaii on Saturday, Channel 2 television reported, after huge waves began surging toward the coast. The three – Tzvika Elias, Yair Naftali and Gabi Liptz – were hailed as heroes by the children’s parents.
“We had gone to a remote beach half an hour from Honolulu,” 30-year-old Elias, who lives in New York, told Channel 2. “The waves there were high, huge breakers about four meters high, and as the minutes past, the waves got stronger and even higher.”
Elias and his friends then saw a group of children aged between 12 and 14 who had gotten into difficulties in the water.
“As we neared the children we saw that they had been swept out to sea and were being pounded by the huge waves,” he told Channel 2.