Kayakers rescued overnight in waters near Kaena Point

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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