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Missing Paddler Found off Molokai

November 2, 2011, 8:56 PM HST
* Updated November 2, 8:57 PM
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By Wendy Osher

A paddler aboard a one-man canoe went missing for over an hour when his vessel overturned in waters off Kamalo, Molokai on Wednesday afternoon, November 2, 2011.

The incident was reported at 4:57 p.m. by fellow paddlers who had ventured out on the same route from Kamalo to Kaunakakai, on the South side of the island.

A total of seven one-man canoes departed from Kamalo.  A report of the missing paddler was initiated when one of the canoes was seen overturned, with no signs of the paddler.

Responding fire personnel spotted two parties aboard a single canoe, about a half-mile from shore, fronting Mile Marker 8 of the Kamehameha Highway in the Kamalo area.

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Crews aboard Fire Department Jet Skis made contact with the paddlers, and confirmed that one of the individuals lost his canoe, and was helped by a fellow paddler in his group.

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The paddler who lost his canoe was assisted to shore by a Jet Ski, while the others paddled in on their own.

All members were accounted for by 6:15 p.m.

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