POSTED: 10:21 a.m. HST, Dec 28, 2013
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.