Swimmers helped out of rip current

Two swimmers and two snorkelers were helped to shore in a strong rip current in Kaanapali on Wednesday morning, the Maui Fire Department reported.

A Lahaina ladder company and ocean safety officer aboard a rescue watercraft responded to Kekaa Point, which is also known as Black Rock, at 8:05 a.m.

A husband and wife who were swimming became caught in the rip current just off the point, the Fire Department reported. Bystanders helped them to the rocky shore before they were taken by rescue watercraft to the sandy shoreline just south of the point, according to the Fire Department.

Firefighters and medics assessed the 61-year-old man and 41-year-old woman on the beach, the Fire Department reported. Both were exhausted but appeared to be in good condition, according to the Fire Department.

A man in his 30s and his 9-year-old son who were snorkeling in the same area also were taken to shore by rescue watercraft as a precaution because of the strong current, according to the Fire Department. The two were in good condition.

All four people were visitors from the Seattle area.


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