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Multiple rescues launched as ocean goers get caught in large surf along Maui shorelines

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Large surf on the North Shore of Maui has kept Ocean Safety Officers busy over the last couple of days.

On Wednesday afternoon at Kanahā Beach Park, there were five active rescues made in large
surf reported to be in the 10- to 12-foot range. The rescues involved two windsurfers, two kitesurfers, and a wingsurfer. All parties were safely brought to shore with no medical attention needed.

Another windsurfer was rescued at Hamakuapoko Point (near Hoʻokipa Beach Park). The
individual was also brought to shore safely with no medical attention needed.

Throughout the day on Thursday, there were several rescues made in the upper west coastline.

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At Nāpili Bay, four swimmers and a standup paddleboarder were brought to shore after
they were observed to be in distress and caught in currents.

At DT Fleming Beach there were multiple swimmers that needed assistance after they were caught in strong currents and high surf.

The Maui Fire Department reminds the public that during these high surf events, entry into the ocean should only be made by those experienced in dealing with the rough conditions. “When in doubt, don’t go out,” department officials said.

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