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Maui rescue personnel assist in paddleboarding rescues

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:09 a.m. HST, Aug 17, 2013

Maui fire rescue personnel assisted in a pair of paddleboarding rescues off Papalaua Wayside Park in Ukumehame Friday.

The first incident, reported at 11:47 a.m., involved three 12-year-old girls on a paddleboard who were pushed out to sea by high winds.

Two male onlookers swam out to the girls as the rescue crews arrived and brought them back to shore uninjured.

Two hours later, firefighters were dispatched to the same location to assist a 42-year-old woman from Italy who was also pushed out to sea while paddleboarding.

The woman’s husband directed rescuers to his wife’s last known location and a subsequent search found her sitting on her board about three-fourths of a mile offshore. Personnel on a rescue watercraft brought the woman back to shore. She was uninjured.

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