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Evening paddle leaves Maui kayakers stuck on reef

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:52 a.m. HST, Feb 08, 2013

Three people had to be rescued by the Maui Fire Department after their two kayaks ran aground on a reef on the west side of the island.

Maui fire officials said they received a distress cellphone call at 8:15 p.m. Thursday night. A man and two women had gone for an evening paddle at Camp Pecusa in Olowalu when they got stuck on the reef about 200 yards from the beach.

One of the two kayaks had taken on water and was abandoned. 

A firefighter on a rescue boat located the three people and was able to tow them back in one of the kayaks.

None of the three needed medical attention.

A fishing vessel located the abandoned kayak and brought it to shore along Hoopiilani Highway.

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sluggah wrote:
Oh boy, as Forrest Gump said, "Stupid is as stupid does."
on February 8,2013 | 10:24AM
Sunny wrote:
Were they tourists or locals?
on February 8,2013 | 10:46AM
Fred01 wrote:
Where is the usual herd of brainless "make them pay for being rescued" commentators on this one? Or are you all only anti-hiking?
on February 8,2013 | 01:27PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
Fred01, it wasn't illegal for these folks to kayak in that area. The reason why so many are so ticked off about the Stairway to Heaven rescue is because that trail is clearly marked closed and known to be hazardous.
on February 8,2013 | 01:56PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ellin - don't confuse Fred with facts, he's liable to soil himself. Then all those around him have to deal with his hygienic problems.
on February 8,2013 | 03:15PM
Fred01 wrote:
Stairway to Heaven is not closed for being hazardous. If that's the standard, then the mountains and ocean should be banned, and people required to stay on paved areas only. It is an outrage that the State continues prevent people from accessing their own public land.
on February 8,2013 | 03:17PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
mostly because of folks like you that fail to use good judgement
on February 8,2013 | 04:57PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Fred - why don't you walk up the Stairway to Heaven and stay there.
on February 8,2013 | 06:00PM
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