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Two swimmers rescued off Kauai's north shore

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:16 p.m. HST, Mar 15, 2011

Two swimmers were rescued in waters off Kauai’s North Shore in separate incidents yesterday, Kauai Conty reported.

A 16-year-old Kapaa boy was bodyboarding with friends at Hanakapiai Beach just before noon when he got caught in a wave and lost his board.

Friends tried to swim out to him, but were unable to assist him to shore. A hiker notified Kee Beach lifeguards, who used a jet ski to reach the swimmer and take him to Haena Beach where medics treated and released him.

The second incident happened just before noon at Anini Beach. A 60-year-old man was snorkeling when he swam out too deep and got caught in the rip current.

Family members and bystanders reached the man with a stand-up paddleboard and were able to lift him onto the board. Rescuers in a rubber boat met them about 200 yards off shore.

Two firefighters jumped out of the boat and escorted the  man to shore on the paddleboard. He declined medical assistance.

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