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3 People Rescued From Rip Current at Napili Bay

February 9, 2012, 8:36 AM HST
* Updated February 9, 9:13 AM
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By Wendy Osher

Three Canadian visitors were rescued from West Maui waters yesterday when they became caught in a rip current at Napili Bay.

The incident was reported at 10:34 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, about 60 to 70 yards offshore.

The incident began when a 56-year-old man became caught in the rip current while swimming off shore, according to fire officials.

Upon seeing the man in distress, a 38-year-old man and his 10-year-old daughter went out on boogie boards in an attempt to rescue the elder male. In doing so, the father and daughter became caught in the current as well.

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Although all involved were from Canada, the elder male was not related to the two individuals who came to his rescue.

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The Maui Fire Department’s Engine 11 and Jet Ski 3, responded, arriving on scene at 10:41 a.m.

All three individuals were on shore by 11 a.m., with no injuries reported.

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