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Fire and Ocean Safety crews kept busy over the weekend

SATURDAY – Kula Fire:
At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017, firefighters responded to a brush fire reported to be 50 yards behind a residence on Lower Kimo Drive.
Kula and Makawao firefighters arrived at 8:40 p.m. and found a 50 x 50 foot brush fire burning to the rear of the residence. Crews quickly brought the fire under control and had it extinguished by 9:05 p.m.
The cause of the fire was undetermined.
There were no injuries and no structures were damaged.

SUNDAY – Ocean Safety rescues:

WEST MAUI Incident:
At 12:48 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017, West Maui firefighters responded to a standup paddle boarder that was having trouble getting back to shore because of strong offshore trade winds blowing at around 15 -20 mph.
At 12:54 p.m., Lahaina firefighters arrived at Kahekili Beach Park and saw two people on a standup paddle board about 100 yards from shore and struggling to get back in. Ocean safety lifeguards on watercraft arrived and brought them and their board safely back to shore at 1 p.m.
A man and woman in their forties visiting from Utah, had gone out with a friend’s rental board and got into trouble after they got caught in the wind line. The married couple were heading for an anchored sailboat and were planning on climbing aboard as a last ditch effort when the lifeguard arrived on watercraft to take them to shore.
A beachgoer who was watching them attempt to paddle themselves to shore called 911 after the couple hadn’t moved for about 20 minutes.
Ocean safety personnel from Hanakaoo Beach Park and Lahaina firefighters responded to the incident.

KUAU/PAIA Incident:
At 1:03 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017, firefighters responded to a missing female standup paddle boarder that became separated from her board off of the Kuau, Paia area.
At 1:12 p.m., Paia firefighters met up with the caller at Paia Bay, near the Paia Youth Center. A Paia man said that he and his wife were making a downwind run from Maliko Bay to Kahului Harbor on standup paddle boards, and that he last saw her outside of the 2nd reef break as they were passing Kuau Point.
He stopped outside of Paia Bay to wait for her to catch up, but she did not show. The man began looking for her and found her board adrift, but she was nowhere to be seen. That’s when he paddled to shore and called for help.
A lifeguard from Baldwin Beach Park on a rescue watercraft found the woman’s paddle board about a half-mile offshore of the Paia area and began searching upwind of the board. The lifeguard eventually spotted the 42-year-old Paia woman waving her paddle about 100 yards from shore near Tavares Bay. She was swimming in with the assistance of divers that were spearfishing in the area.
At around 1:20 p.m. lifeguards brought her safely to shore at a parking area that surfers use when surfing at Tavares Bay. The woman was not injured. The lifeguard went back out and found the woman’s paddle board and took it back to Baldwin Beach Park where the couple could retrieve it.
The couple were experienced paddle boarders, but the woman was embarrassed to say that she forgot to attach her leash to her ankle. When she fell off, she was not able to catch up to the board as it drifted away.

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