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High surf keeps lifeguards busy; 3 boats aground on Maui

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:36 a.m. HST, May 18, 2013

High surf on south shores has been keeping lifeguards busy and wreaking havoc with boats moored offshore.

Oahu llifeguards made 33 rescues and 43 assists on the south shore and Sandy Beach on Friday.

The Ocean Safety Division said lifeguards performed nine rescues and 39 assists on south shore beaches. Of those, lifeguards used a Jet Ski in seven rescues and 17 assists.

Meanwhile at Sandy Beach, lifeguards rescued 24 and assisted 14. Of those, 20 rescues and 10 assists were by Jet Ski.

State and Maui County officials also to the groundings of three boats that had capsized in a quarter-mile stretch of coastline from Mala Wharf to the Lahaina Crossroads Apartments.

A Maui County news release said it appeared the boats had broken free of their moorings and were being battered by high surf.

The three boats are 30 to 40 feet long.

Lifeguards checked the ocean around the boats for people who may have been aboard, and witnesses on the beach told fire personnel that they saw no one on the boats or in the water.

A high surf advisory is in effect for south shores, with waves heights of 8- to 12-feet, until Sunday morning.

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