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Fire Rescue Crews Assisted in Ocean and Mountain Rescues Sunday

Napili Ocean Rescue:
At 11:13 Sunday morning, lifeguards and firefighters in West Maui responded to Napili Bay for two standup paddle boarders having trouble getting back to shore.

Lifeguards on a rescue watercraft spotted the two paddle boarders, along with two snorkelers about 150 yards offshore, and brought four men safely back to the beach.

Two men visiting from Wyoming, one in his 60s and the other in his 30s, had gone standup paddle boarding fronting Napili Bay and got caught by stiff 25+ mph winds blowing them offshore. Two other males in their 30s went out with snorkel gear and fins to assist the men but they too, were not able to make headway against the gusty tradewinds.

The snorkelers also were from Wyoming and had come to the beach along with the two paddle boarders.

Lifeguards from D.T. Fleming Beach Park and Napili firefighters responded to the ocean rescue.

Poli Poli Mountain Rescue:
Fire crews on Sunday, April 15, 2018, searched for a hiker who got separated from his group and did not return to their starting point at Polipoli Spring Recreation Area in Kula.

Firefighters received the call at 12:44 p.m. Sunday, for an 18-year-old Maui man that had gone trail running Sunday morning with three other friends at Polipoli Spring Recreation Area. The missing man fell behind and when the group got back to their vehicle their friend failed to show up after waiting for a good amount of time.

Kula firefighters and a rescue crew from Kahului searched multiple trails for just over an hour when they received word at around 3 p.m. that the missing man had been located by friends at a lower section of the Polipoli Recreation area. The man was not injured.

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