Two Female Kayakers Rescued From Windy Seas

May 27, 2012, 3:52 PM HST
* Updated May 27, 4:32 PM
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Two female kayakers, ages 8 and 29, were rescued early Saturday afternoon in waters offshore of the Akoni Pule Highway after dealing with gusty winds, heavy white caps, and poor visibility.

According to a release from the Hawaii County Fire Department, rescue crews first responded at 12:30 p.m. Saturday to a report that the two kayakers went missing after they were last seen about 200 yards offshore.

Several choppers searched an area up to 10 miles off shore of their last known location, and spotted the two about three miles offshore, adjacent to the nine mile marker of the Akoni Pule Highway.

Officials noted that winds were blowing from the north-east at approximately 20-35mph with gusts blowing up to 45mph. Both kayakers did not report any injuries, saying that they were relieved to found in the extremely windy conditions.

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