Two ocean res­cues cov­ered in Napili

The Maui News - - COUNTY -

Life­guards and fire­fight­ers res­cued two stand-up pad­dle­board­ers and two snorkel­ers who were caught in gusty trade winds off Napili Bay on Sun­day, a fire of­fi­cial said.

Re­spond­ing to an 11:13 a.m. call about the pad­dle­board­ers hav­ing trouble get­ting back to shore, life­guards on res­cue wa­ter­craft spot­ted the pad­dle­board­ers along with two snorkel­ers about 150 yards offshore and brought the four men safely back to the beach, said Fire Ser­vices Chief Ed­ward Tao­moto.

The stand-up pad­dle­board­ers, who were vis­it­ing from Wy­oming, had gone out from Napili Bay and were blown offshore by winds of more than 25 mph, Tao­moto said. One man was in his 60s and the other in his 30s.

The snorkel­ers, who were in their 30s and also from Wy­oming, had snorkel gear and fins, and they couldn’t make head­way against the gusty trade winds, Tao­moto said.

The four men had gone to the beach to­gether, he said.

Life­guards from D.T. Flem­ing Beach Park and Napili fire­fight­ers re­sponded.

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