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Maui firefighters rescue kayakers, paddleboarders

Maui firefighters assisted two visitors from North Dakota and two others from Canada in two separate water-related rescues Monday.

The first occurred around noon when a kayak with a Fargo, North Dakota couple overturned at the Kahana Outrigger hotel on Lower Honoapiilani Road in Lahaina. Witnesses said the kayak was about 250 yards offshore. Ocean safety personnel on a rescue watercraft helped to right the kayak then brought the female to shore. The male was brought to shore with the kayak. The couple, both 60, were uninjured.

Four hours later, Napili firefighters saw two males on a single stand-up paddle board about 400 yards offshore and drifting south with the tradewinds. Ocean safety personnel on rescue watercraft brought the first male to shore at Napili Bay. The second male and his equipment drifted further south and was brought in at The Sands of Kahana. Both did not require medical attention.

The two men, both in their 50s, were on a single stand-up paddle board and were attempting to kite surf with a single kite, which they could not get up out of the water. A witness on the beach called 911 after seeing them fail to move for about an hour. The two men are visiting from British Colombia, Canada.

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