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Paddle Boarders Rescued from West Maui Waters

April 25, 2016, 5:22 AM HST
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Firefighters responded to a group of standup paddle boarders having trouble getting back to shore in West Maui on Sunday afternoon, April 24, 2016.

Nāpili firefighters and ocean safety personnel from Kapalua, responded to a report at 12:50 p.m. of three standup paddle boarders in distress off of the Kahana Reef condominium, located at 4471 Lower Honoapiʻilani Road.

A family from Washington State–a father in his 40’s, and his son and daughter in their 20’s–described as novice paddlers, could not make it back to shore on their own.

A bystander watching them from shore, called 911 after seeing them unable to make any progress for about 45 minutes.

Firefighters arrived at 1 p.m. and to find three people lying down on standup paddle boards about 100 yards offshore. An ocean safety rescue watercraft arrived and brought them back to shore unharmed.

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Fire officials say none of the individuals required medical attention.

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