Maui fire officials rescue man after kayak overturns

Maui fire officials rescue man after kayak overturns

OLOWALU, MAUI (HAWAII NEWS NOW) - Maui fire department rescued a 40-year-old Lahaina man on Saturday afternoon who couldn't swim back to shore after the kayak he was on overturned.

Officials were alerted at around 4:46 p.m. of the overturned kayak.

The man was with a 40-year-old woman in the kayak fishing when strong winds prevented the two from paddling back to shore.  After the kayak flipped over, they lost the paddles.

Upon capsizing, the man swam back to the kayak and the woman swam back to the shore.

By the time rescue crews reached the man at around 5:40 p.m., he was lying on the kayak as it was being drifted further out to the open sea by 20-25 mph winds.

He and the kayak were rescued, and crews treated him for exhaustion and aspiration of sea water at the Mala Wharf boat ramp in Lahaina.

The man was released upon evaluation and treatment.

In light of this incident, Maui fire department is asking people to wear personal floatation device on a standup paddleboard, canoe, kayak or other watercraft.

MFD also advises people to check the weather and wind patterns before entering the ocean.