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MFD: Missing Kayaker Found Safe

At approximately 5:10 p.m. Monday, Maui Fire Department firefighters were dispatched to reports of an overdue kayaker.

The missing party had reportedly launched from Makena Landing with plans to paddle to La Perouse and return.

When he failed to return at the expected time, friends called 9-1-1.

Ladder 14 (Wailea) made contact with witnesses on shore and began a shoreline search with Rescue 10 onboard Air 1
conducting a search by air.

Air 1 was able to locate the kayak in question on shore approximately a quarter-mile west of LaPerouse Bay.

Shortly after, Air 1 spotted the male kayaker on shore traversing the rough lava terrain making his way back to the roadway within the Ahihi-Kinau reserve area. Air 1 maintained visual contact with the party until Ladder 14 personnel could reach him by foot.

The 30-year-old male was reported to be physically exhausted, but in good condition.

Firefighters provided the victim footwear and escorted him to the roadway where friends and family were located. No further medical attention was needed.

MFD has issued a reminder to the public that ocean conditions can change quickly, and it is important to be aware of your surroundings and personal limitations. When participating in ocean activities such as skin diving, boating, kayaking, or paddle boarding, it is always important to provide family and/or friends a “float” or travel
plan which includes your planned route and expected return time.

Also, when feasible, having a means of communicating such as a cell phone can be crucial. In this instance, a basic float plan allowed friends to recognize something was wrong which initiated emergency action.

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