2 rescued from sinking canoe off Maui

2 rescued from sinking canoe off Maui

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A couple are safe and sound after they were rescued from their outrigger canoe that broke apart off Keawakapu Beach, Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to reports of a distressed boat about one mile offshore just before 5 p.m.

Officials say the couple was making a downwind run about a mile offshore before they were hit by a large wave.

The couple was trying to swim the canoe back to shore when a kayaker arrived to help.

The kayaker was able to bring one of the occupants of the canoe, a 56-year-old woman to shore.

The kayaker then went back out the retrieve the second occupant, a 55-year-old man who was still with the canoe.

A fire department rescue watercraft found the kayaker and the man with the canoe about 300 yards from shore. Firefighters assisted the two men with bringing the canoe back to shore after they were found trying to tow the swamped hull that was broken into two pieces.

No one was injured during the incident.

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