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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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livinginhawaii wrote:
No respect for the ocean. Its the parents fault for the 12 year olds...
on August 17,2013 | 07:57AM
Slow wrote:
"Your sons and your daughters are beyond your control, the old world is rapidly changing." -Bob Dylan Evidently you are not a parent, buddy. Sometimes 12 year olds make foolish choices. They are simply not as mature as you were when you were 12.
on August 17,2013 | 08:47AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Wrong. My kids were taught to respect the ocean and mountains at a very early age - plus I always kept a close eye on them whenever we surfed. Not sure if maturity has anything to do with this as the reporting was very vague
on August 17,2013 | 10:12AM
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