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Firefighter, lifeguards rescue 2 visitors off Kauai

An off-duty firefighter and lifeguards on a jet ski rescued two visitors from a rip current at Anini Beach yesterday, a Kauai County spokeswoman said.

The two men, from Bremerton, Wash., were swimming at Anini near the river mouth at around 10 a.m. when they got caught in a rip current at the north end of the channel, county spokeswoman Mary Daubert said.

 Micah Thayer, an off-duty firefighter, grabbed a rescue tube that was on the beach and swam out to them. Thayer used the rescue tube to keep the two men afloat and prevented them from being swept farther out to sea, Daubert said.

Lifeguards Chad Listman and Chris Pico arrived at the scene on a jet ski from Hanalei Bay and brought the men to shore where they were checked by Hanalei fire fighters and medics, Daubert said. The men declined further treatment and were released at the scene.

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