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Kauai surfers save woman from drowning

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:09 p.m. HST, Dec 9, 2013

LIHUE » Two surfers in their 60s saved the life of a 20-year-old woman off Kauai.

The Garden Island reports 66-year-old Don Brown and 63-year-old Steve Childers pulled the woman to safety at Polihale Beach on the island's west side.

Brown and Childers were about to conclude surfing Thursday when two men drove up and said a woman was in trouble.

They drove a quarter-mile to where a crowd had assembled. The woman was in rough water and strong currents 100 yards off shore.

They paddled about four minutes and Childers reached the woman first. She was pulled onto his board.

Kauai County spokeswoman Sarah Blane says firefighters arrived at 3:05 p.m.

The woman was treated and released at Kauai Veterans Medical Hospital.

Seventeen people have drowned off Kauai this year.

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