At 4:48 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, Hana firefighters responded to two males stranded on a rock island in the ocean at Waianapanapa State Park.
The Hana fire crew arrived on scene at 5:01 p.m. and found the two males waiting on a rock outcropping about 40 feet from a shoreline cliff and 100 yards from shore. A firefighter paddled out on a surfboard and brought the two men safely back to shore at 5:21 p.m.
Paramedics checked them out and treated the two men for minor lacerations to their legs that they sustained from climbing up onto the rocks.
A 39-year-old man from Ontario, Canada and a 41-year-old Australian man was swimming offshore at the Waianapanapa black sand beach when the men encountered a patch of rough water. The Ontario man was not a good swimmer and opted to climb onto the rock island for safety. The Australian man waited with him and signaled people on shore that they needed help. The two men are family members vacationing on Maui.