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Maui County fire crews rescue 3 kayakers

Published On: Feb 08 2013 10:06:30 AM HST
OLOWALU, Hawaii -

Maui County fire officials say three kayakers were rescued Thursday night in waters off Olowalu.

Rescue crews were dispatched at around 8:15 p.m. to water off Camp Olowalu.

On arrival, firefighters found two kayaks with three people -- a man in his late 50s, a woman in her late 40s, and a 30-year-old woman.

The kayakers went out for an evening paddle and because stuck on an exposed reef in the low tide.

One of the kayaks was leaking and was abandoned.  The group called for help on their cell phone.

Fire crews made contact with the group via cell phone.  Their location was found because the group had lights and were yelling out to the rescue crews.

A firefighter was sent out on a rescue board and was able to tow all three people under his own power to the shoreline about 200 yards away.

All three kayakers were cold and tired, but they had no injuries.  No medical attention was needed.

A fishing vessel found the abandoned kayak and brought it to shore, eliminating the need to call the U.S. Coast Guard for an unoccupied vessel adrift.

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