KIHEI – At 4:42 p.m. yesterday, firefighters were called to search for a missing windsurfer in South Maui.
At 4:52 p.m. Kihei firefighters met with the missing windsurfer’s friend. The man said he last saw his friend about two hours prior, heading straight out from Waipuilani Park, near the Maui Sunset condominium on West Waipuilani Road. The fire department’s Air 1 helicopter and rescue watercraft were launched to assist in the search. A Kahului rescue crew aboard Air 1 spotted the windsurfer hanging onto his board about a ¼ mile offshore of the Maui Sunset, and airlifted the man to a landing zone near the park’s parking lot. The man did not require medical attention.
Firefighters on a rescue watercraft retrieved the man’s windsurf gear and brought it back to shore. Another example of Maui First Responder excellence.
The 46-year-old male visitor had been windsurfing with friends, but was unable to navigate back to shore because of a broken sail mast. He was staying with friends in Kihei. His hometown was unavailable.