Rescue crews from the Puko’o Fire Station were called yesterday afternoon to search for a vessel in distress on Molokai’s south shore.
At 3:31 p.m. the rescuers responded to Kamalo Wharf, according to a report from Maui County Fire Chief Lee Mainaga. Someone on shore saw what looked like a one-man canoe drifting one mile offshore Kamalo Wharf with no one paddling.
The Puko’o crew was on the scene in 10 minutes and searched for about an hour until a confirmed report of a missing paddler came in to dispatch from the paddler’s partner.
Called to assist with the search were fire department jet skis from Ho’olehua and Kaunakakai fire stations, Rescue Boat 4 out of Kaunakakai Fire Station, Rescue 10, Air 1, Rescue Boat 3 from Lahaina, a Coast Guard helicopter, a 110-foot cutter from Oahu and a 45-foot Coast Guard boat from Maalaea. Also helping in the search was the Molokai Princess ferry, and one private vessel.
At 5:39 p.m. the private vessel found the missing paddler holding onto a capsized canoe about one mile offshore off Kakahaia Beach Park, about six miles west of Kamalo Wharf.
The rescued paddler, Dr. Greg Davis, 66, of Ualapue, was found in good condition with no injuries. His paddling partner found his friend using his own boat that he launched after getting back to shore.