At 5:06 p.m. on Tuesday, emergency crews in West Maui responded to reports of a lone surfboard adrift 200 yards offshore of the Kuleana Condominium on Lower Honoapiilani Road.
When firefighters got there at 5:17 p.m., someone had already gone out and retrieved the surfboard. Crews later learned that the person who recovered the board was not the owner, and a broader search was started.
About a quarter mile to the north, at the surf spot known as “S-Turns,” police officers spotted two people holding onto a single surfboard around 300 yards offshore. A fire rescue boat from Lahaina arrived and was able to bring two men aboard at 5:50 p.m.
A 33-year-old Napili man was the owner of the adrift surfboard and said he had lost it after his leash broke off in the surf. The other man had been surfing nearby and stayed with the surfer until firefighters arrived.
The Napili surfer who lost his board was brought back to shore further south at Kahekili Beach Park where crews could get the boat closer to shore. The man did not require any medical attention and was given a ride back to S-Turns.
Napili firefighters were assisted by a Lahaina ladder crew and rescue boat.