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Girl hurt as canoes overturn off Kailua

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A teenage girl went to the hospital following a mishap involving racing canoes during a regatta in waters off Kailua Beach Park Saturday morning.

High school-aged paddlers from five canoes were racing from the Lanikai side of the beach toward Kaneohe when they somehow got into trouble and overturned at about 9:30 a.m., Honolulu fire Capt. Terry Seelig said.

With about 24 people in the water, a swarm of volunteers and fire/rescue personnel helped pull paddlers from the water, Seelig said.

When the chaos subsided about 20 minutes later, one teenage girl reported sustaining an injury after being hit by an overturning canoe, he said.

Paramedics took the girl to a nearby hospital in satisfactory condition, a spokesman for the city Department of Emergency Services said.

One canoe sustained damage, Seelig said.

 

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