Four Paddle Boarders Rescued off Honokōwai, Maui

December 29, 2016, 4:26 AM HST · Updated December 29, 4:26 AM
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Firefighters from Station 11 out of Nāpili and Jetski 11 out of D.T. Fleming Beach responded to a report of four stand-up paddlers in distress offshore of Pōhaku “S-turns” Beach in Honokōwai at approximately 11:08 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.

Upon arrival at the scene, the fire crew spotted four individuals on stand-up paddle boards about 200 yards offshore of Māhinahina Beach. Fire officials say the paddlers appeared to be having difficulty paddling upwind towards the north.

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Jetski 11 made contact with the paddlers and all were brought to shore by around 11:36 a.m.

The four paddlers were family members and visitors from Arizona. One person, a 14 year-old boy, required minor assistance from medics for difficulty breathing. No transport to the hospital was necessary.

Maui fire department Acting Public Information Officer, Captain Paul Haake said the 9-1-1 caller was on shore and noticed that the paddlers appeared to be having difficulty and staying onboard their paddle boards.

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