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Two People Rescued from Overturned Kayaks off of Moloka‘i

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A man and woman were rescued on Monday after the kayaks they were on overturned in waters about a quarter mile offshore of Kaunakakai Boat Harbor, Molokaʻi.

The incident was reported at 2:16 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020.

County officials say the Molokaʻi man and California woman, both in their 50s, were spotted in distress by a tugboat captain nearby.  The mariner notified the Coast Guard of the incident. Also responding to the scene was personnel from Engine 12.

Due to a confirmed brush fire occurring at the same time, two emergency callback personnel were dispatched to launch a Maui Fire Department Rescue Ski. The Coast Guard helicopter was able to guide the MFD Rescue Ski to the kayakers, and they were taken safely to shore.

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There were no injuries reported and crews left the scene at 3:53 p.m.

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Conditions on scene included surf ranging from flat to 2 feet and winds blowing from the east at 10 to 15 mph.

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