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Seattle Visitors Rescued From Strong Current at Pu‘u Keka‘a “Black Rock”

September 18, 2019, 1:01 PM HST
* Updated September 19, 5:52 AM
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Four visitors from Seattle were rescued from strong currents in waters off of Puʻu Kekaʻa “Black Rock” in Kāʻanapali, Maui this morning.

Maui Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro said a husband and wife (61 and 41 years old respectively) were swimming approximately 150 yards offshore and got caught in a rip current just off the point area. The incident was reported at around 8:05 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

Bystanders got them to the rocky shore on Kekaʻa Point. Ocean Safety personnel aboard a Jet Ski then brought the couple to the sandy shoreline just south of the point where a department ladder crew and medic unit evaluated the patients. “Both were exhausted, but appeared to be in good condition,” said MFS Yatsushiro.

Ocean Safety personnel also brought a father and son in the area to shore as a precaution due to the strong current. Department officials say the father, who was in his 30s and his nine-year-old son were snorkeling in the same area where the previous rescue was conducted. Both were in good condition.

All four were visitors from the Seattle area.

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Maui Fire officials say that although seas were calm, a strong rip current was present.

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