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Visitor from California seriously injured in paddleboard accident

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:27 p.m. HST, Oct 29, 2013

A 35-year-old tourist from California was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition after she fell and hit her head on her paddleboard Monday at Ukumehame Park in east Maui.

Maui fire officials said the visitor from Westlake, Calif., was being towed on a paddleboard by her boyfriend at 3:53 p.m. when she fell and lost consciousness. Her boyfriend pulled out of the water and got her on the board where she regained consciousness.

Other standup paddlers assisted the boyfriend in getting the victim to shore. Lifeguards on scene administered first aid until Lahaina firefighters and paramedics took over.

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Slow wrote:
She was being towed on a paddleboard? Something is odd. I've never seen a SUP being towed. What towed her? Jet-ski? Or maybe her boyfriend was merely pulling her along with a surfboard or something. SUPs are big and heavy. I've witnessed too many times, SUP riders plowing through and colliding with surfers. They are not surfboards, they are more akin to boats. I am surprised we have not seen a death yet. Thank goodness she is alive.
on October 29,2013 | 07:47AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
God forbid if that was a same-sex couple. Your response might be quite different, eh?
on October 29,2013 | 10:06AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
nodaddy, you lost me.
on October 29,2013 | 06:59PM
andthen wrote:
next time you fall, go for the water instead yah
on October 29,2013 | 05:15PM
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