Crews assist paddle boarders caught by breezy tradewinds

At 12:39 p.m. this afternoon, rescue crews responded to reports of four paddle boarders in distress off of Pohaku Park, commonly known as “S-Turns” in West Maui.

Napili firefighters arrived at 12:46 p.m. and were directed by witnesses to three standup paddle boarders about 400 yards offshore, that appeared to be struggling. Ocean safety personnel on rescue watercraft met up with the paddlers, who requested help in getting back to shore. All three were on shore by 1:00 p.m. and did not require any medical attention.

One female made it to shore on her own by the time crews arrived. Two males and one female were caught in the windline and couldn’t make any progress against the afternoon tradewinds blowing in the 15 to 20 mph range. All four were visitors from California.

A resident manager at a nearby condo called emergency dispatchers after noticing the paddle boarders getting blown farther downwind.
Napili firefighters and an ocean safety watercraft from D.T. Flemings Beach responded to the incident.



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