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WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
U.S. Coast Guard and
Honolulu Fire Department rescue crews airlifted three kayakers to safety on
Thursday night after they were unable to make it back to shore before sunset.
According to officials,
two kayaks holding four people went out into the water before sunset at
Yokohama Bay in Waianae. High winds reportedly prevented one of the kayaks from
returning to shore. The other was able to make it back to shore, with one
passenger disembarking to call 911 and the other returning to try and help those
unable to make it back.
The Coast Guard and fire
department responded with their helicopters and found the kayakers nearly a
mile off shore at approximately 8:45 p.m.
The kayakers were not
wearing life vests, officials say.
Two of the kayakers in
distress were airlifted by the HFD helicopter to shore. The third kayaker was
airlifted to Air Station Barbers Point by the Coast Guard. All three kayakers
were reported to be in good condition.
The kayaks were left
behind during the rescue.
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