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Man nearly drowns near Black Rock, Ka’anapali

At 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, emergency crews were called to an unresponsive person pulled from the ocean, on the south side of Black Rock in Kaanapali.

Lahaina firefighters arrived at 2:09 p.m. and discovered that a male snorkeler was brought ashore and received immediate CPR from a quick acting bystander. The 72-year-old man from Minnesota, regained consciousness and began breathing again after a female nurse on vacation, gave the man 2 short rounds of chest compressions. The man was able to talk to firefighters when they arrived.

The man had been snorkeling with his daughter at Black Rock when he began feeling uneasy. They were headed back to shore when the daughter noticed he stopped moving, with his face still down in the water. After quickly pulling him to shore, the visiting nurse jumped in to help.

This is a perfect example of how immediate bystander CPR can make a difference in someone surviving a cardiac arrest.

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