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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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