HANA, MAUI – At 1:08 p.m. today, firefighters and police responded to a woman clinging to rocks in the ocean near Koki Beach in Hana. Turns out she was a 75 year-old visitor from Alaska who held on for dear life…and lived to tell about it.
The Hana fire crew arrived about 10 minutes later and spotted the woman holding onto rocks about 30 feet from the shoreline. Air 1 was dispatched because of large surf and rough ocean conditions. Firefighters walked down a cliff area and swam out with a surfboard to retrieve her. Once on shore, Air 1 was cancelled.
Two women, a 75-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska and a Maui resident, went swimming about ¼ mile north of Koki beach, when ocean conditions turned bad. The Maui woman made it to shore and called for help while the Alaska woman clung to the rocks until firefighters arrived. The Alaska visitor suffered only minor scrapes and declined medical treatment.