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Maui firefighters rescue visitors stranded on rock off Hana

Maui firefighters rescued to visitors stranded on a rock outcropping at Waianapanapa State Park in Hana.

Sometime before 5 p.m. Thursday, two family members — a 39-year-old man from Ontario, Canada and 41-year-old from Australia — were swimming at the black sand beach when they encountered rough waters.

Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said the Ontario man was not a good swimmer and climbed onto the rock outcropping about 40 feet from the shoreline cliff and 100 yards from the shore for safety.

His family member waited with him and signaled to beachgoers for help.

Taomoto said a firefighter paddled out on a surfboard and brought the two men safely back to shore just after 5:20 p.m.

Paramedics treated them for minor lacerations to their legs they sustained when they climbed onto the rocks.

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