51-year-old missing paddler rescued after being found 1 mile offshore of Maui

Water and Land Rescues

HONOLULU (KHON2) — A 51-year-old woman who went missing Thursday night was found by rescuers about a mile off shore in the Ukumehame Beach Park of Maui almost 12 hours after she reportedly disappeared.

Calls for the missing woman came in at around 8 p.m. on Aug. 5. Reports indicated that she was paddle boarding at Olowalu Beach that evening. Maui firefighters launched a search on land and sea throughout the night and with the assistance of the United States Coast Guard managed to find the woman at 7:40 a.m. Friday.

The woman was airlifted safely to shore and evaluated by medical personnel. MFD noted that the woman appeared to be in stable condition, but was visibly exhausted.

“This rescue came down to teamwork,” said Lt. Jeff Henkel, an Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules Aircraft Commander. “It was a true display of inter-agency coordination at its finest. When local and federal rescue efforts combine, our search capabilities are extremely effective.”

Strong offshore winds were reported in the area at the time of her disappearance.

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