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2 Rescued from Windy Kīhei Waters

November 11, 2013, 5:00 PM HST
* Updated November 11, 5:38 PM
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By Wendy Osher

Ocean safety crews rescued two individuals from windy waters along the South Maui shoreline on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

The first incident was reported at 11:18 a.m. about 400-yards offshore from the Maui Beach Vacation Club, where a first-time stand-up paddler was experiencing difficulty standing because of the wind, officials said.

The Lahaina woman, in her 20s, was picked up and towed to shore by ocean safety crews aboard a Jet Ski watercraft.

A second rescue was reported at 1:13 p.m. fronting Waipuʻilani Park near the Maui Sunset Resort, where a 41-year-old male windsurfer broke his rig, and was observed by witnesses trying for over an hour to make his way to shore, officials said.

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Ocean safety crews aboard a Jet Ski watercraft met up with the man about 800-yards offshore and towed him in, according to department reports.

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The windsurfer was “very tired,” but no medical attention was needed in either case, according to fire officials.

Fire crews from Kīhei’s Engine Company 6 and Ocean Safety’s Rescue Watercraft Jet Ski-6 responded to both ocean calls.

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