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Visitor Rescued During Downwind Run on Paddle Board

December 18, 2015, 8:39 AM HST
* Updated December 18, 8:48 AM
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Spreckelsville, "Baby Beach", file photo by Wendy Osher.

Spreckelsville, “Baby Beach”, file photo by Wendy Osher.

A visitor was rescued from waters off of Spreckelsville on Thursday night after she became separated from her standup paddle boarding companion while making a downwind run from Maliko Bay, fire officials said.

The 30-year-old woman from Oakland, CA, used a cell phone to call for assistance at 5:32 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17. Fire officials say the woman sought help after losing sight of her partner, a male paddler from Makawao, and after having difficulty finding their destination at Kaʻa Point.

At 5:42 p.m., Kahului firefighters began searching the “Baby Beach” area of Spreckelsville, while the department’s Air 1 helicopter and rescue watercraft searched offshore for the woman.

Maui Fire Services Officer Edward Taomoto said darkness forced Air 1 to abandon the search; however, the rescue watercraft eventually found the paddler about a half-mile off of Stable Road, at the end of the airport runway.

At 6:30 p.m., the paddler was brought in with no injuries, at Kaʻa Point in Kanahā, also known as “Kite Beach.”

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An engine and rescue crew out of Kahului, Air 1, and Pāʻia firefighters responded to the rescue call.

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