Two Visitors Rescued From Rock Island at Waiʻānapanapa, Maui

April 7, 2017, 8:08 AM HST · Updated April 7, 8:52 AM
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Haili land formation at Waiʻānapanapa State Park. File photo by Wendy Osher.

Two visitors were rescued from a rock outcropping at Waiʻānapanapa in East Maui after encountering a parch of rough water on Thursday afternoon.

The incident was reported at 4:48 p.m. about 40 feet from a shoreline cliff, and 100 yards from shore.

Maui Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said a 39-year-old man from Ontario, Canada was not a good swimmer and opted to climb onto the rock island for safety.

A 41-year-old Australian man waited with him and signaled to people on shore that they needed help.

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The two men were family members vacationing on Maui and started their swim at the area’s black sand beach.

They were brought to shore by a Hana firefighter who paddled out on a surfboard.

Both men were treated by paramedics on scene for minor lacerations to their legs that were sustained from climbing up onto the rocks.

 

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