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Stranded paddleboarder rescued off Lahaina

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:22 a.m. HST, Dec 28, 2013

Maui fire officials say a stranded stand-up paddleboarder who was blown out to sea by strong winds has been rescued.

The Maui News reports that the 21-year-old woman visiting from Boston was picked up by a sailboat off Lahaina on Friday afternoon.

Capt. Paul Haake says she was part of a group of six friends who had rented paddleboards near the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.

He says the other five made it to shore but had lost sight of the woman and reported her missing around 2:30 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard and fire officials launched a boat and helicopter search.

The Coast Guard received a call from a sailboat, saying it had picked up a female paddler. Authorities say the search ended at 3:15 p.m.

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paniolo wrote:
Don't they watch if someone drifts away? 5 others couldn't see that she wasn't around? Just like when you go swimming, it's best to have a "buddy" in case something happens. I guess 5 other "buddies" couldn't keep track and lost sight of her.
on December 28,2013 | 09:46AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Much easier said than done. When you've got that many people, particularly novices, they're preoccupied with getting their own act together. Also, with that many people, it gets to be a case of "I thought YOU were watching out for her" after the fact. Thank God this ended up well.
on December 28,2013 | 03:51PM
bluespop wrote:
Whoever rented them the paddle boards have to be more responsible about instruction and monitoring. I've twice had to paddle out to help exhausted, panicking beginners on the south shore of O'ahu. They didn't know enough to prone paddle in against the wind if they couldn't do it standing or kneeling. They need better instruction and common sense.
on December 28,2013 | 12:20PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
I remember a case many years ago where a newlywed Indian couple rented windsurfing boards on Maui. He got blown way out to sea (I think he got blown out to Lanai). She and her board were never seen again. Somehow, I recall that authorities suspected a shark in her case. Very sad.
on December 28,2013 | 03:49PM
Kuokoa wrote:
If you don't know what you are doing out there, don't go out!
on December 29,2013 | 08:34AM
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