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VIDEO: Swallowed by Jaws

Pe‘ahi, on the north shore of the Hawaiian island Maui, earned its nickname “Jaws” for having some of the largest surf in the world.

Surfers flock to Jaws to ride waves for entry in the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards. The remote location requires rescues via helicopter if a surfer is injured.

Last Sunday was a busy day at Jaws, with dozens of surfers taking advantage of 30- to 40-foot waves. Spectators in boats and on personal watercraft caught the action from front-row seats, but one boat got a little too close to the action, as seen in this video.

According to a forum posting on, all of the “four or five” people on the boat were tossed into the water but were quickly and safely pulled aboard other vessels and were not hurt.

The posting also says the boat was righted and towed to shore. Additional postings appear to show some of the recovery action.