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Honolulu firefighters, lifeguards rescue 2 divers, paddleboarder caught in currents off Kaaawa

Honolulu firefighters rescued two divers and a paddleboarder who were caught in ocean currents off of the Kaaawa shoreline at about noon today.

The Honolulu Fire Department received a 911 call at 11:55 a.m. reporting divers in distress near Kaaawa.

Six units staffed with about 17 personnel responded, with the first unit arriving on scene at noon. Two divers and a paddleboarder were confirmed to be about 1,000 feet offshore, struggling to make their way back to land against the current and winds.

Two firefighters headed out to the party on a rescue board, and made contact with the group at about 12:30 p.m. as HFD’s Air 3 helicopter and Rescue 1 Boat were en route to the scene.

An Ocean Safety lifeguard on a paddleboard and accompanying rescue watercraft team also arrived a short time later to assist with bringing the divers, paddle boarder, and firefighters back to shore.

Air 3 rescue specialists provided aerial surveillance and support, officials said.

All returned safely to shore at 12:43 p.m. and no medical attention was required.

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