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Maui SUP Rescue: California Couple Caught by Brisk Winds

May 31, 2018, 8:26 AM HST
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Kahekili Beach. File photo by Wendy Osher.

Four individuals were rescued from waters off of Kahekili Beach Park in West Maui on Tuesday afternoon, May 30, 2018.

Crews responded to a call shortly after 12:15 p.m. reporting that two paddle boarders were waving for help about a quarter-mile offshore.

The couple in their late 30s, from California, had been standup paddleboarding but were blown out to sea by brisk 30-40 mph tradewinds, according to Maui Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto.

A male friend reportedly saw the couple in distress and tried to help; along with a male employee from the beach rental kiosk.

All four were about two miles offshore by the time lifeguards arrived to help.

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The four were brought back to shore and all equipment was located with the exception of a black and red Hobie Aqua Glider paddleboard that was lost in the incident.

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Firefighters from Lahaina and lifeguards from Hanakaʻōʻō Beach Park in Kāʻanapali responded to the rescue.

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