At 1:09 p.m. on Tuesday, Maui Fire Department and Ocean Safety personnel were called to report of a kayaker who had lost his paddle and was in need of assistance in the waters off of the Kealia Boardwalk in North Kihei.
A fire crew and a rescue watercraft operator from Kihei responded, while the rescue company from Kahului stood by in case they were needed. The United States Coast Guard also responded from Ma’alaea Harbor.
Upon their arrival the fire crew was able to spot what turned out to be two kayaks overturned about 600 yards off shore, drifting south with two parties clinging on for safety.
Winds had picked up to 10-15 m.p.h. and ocean conditions were choppy, slowing the progress of the rescue watercraft.
A USCG crew reached the parties first and was able to load both of them and their kayaks aboard their vessel. The parties required no medical
The USCG took the parties close to shore from where their vehicle was parked, and fire and OS personnel helped get them and their kayaks to the beach safely.
The victims are described as 28-year-old male and female residents of Wailuku.
MFD officials say the pair had been out fishing together in their kayaks when the wind picked up when they lost their oars, took on water and their kayaks flipped over.