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Near-drowning, multiple emergencies prompt rescues in Maui

Maui firefighters came to the aid four visitors who had truble in the ocean in two separate indcidents in south and west Maui beaches.

A 62-year-old man from Oregon got into trouble at Ulua beach in Wailea just after 9 a.m. while snorkeling.

Firefighters arrived at 9:14 a.m. and found a man lying on the beach with family members after complaining of feeling fatigued. He was assisted back to shore by a family member but became unresponsive when they reached the beach. Bystanders initiated CPR for about five minutes until the man began breathing again on his own.

Firefighters treated the man with oxygen until paramedics arrived and rook him to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.

At 12:50 p.m., Napili firefighters and ocean safety personnel from Kapalua, responded to three standup paddle boarders in distress off of the Kahana Reef condominium at 4471 Lower Honoapiilani Road in Kahana.

Three people — all visitors from Washington state, lying down on standup paddle boards about 100 yards offshore. An ocean safety rescue watercraft arrived and brought them back to shore unharmed.

A father in his 40s and his son and daughter in their 20s, who were novice paddlers, could not make it back to shore on their own. Someone watching them from shore, called 911 after seeing them unable to make any progress for about 45 minutes. They did not require medical attention.

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