At 2:18 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, emergency crews in West Maui responded to Honolua Bay for a snorkeler being pulled from the ocean.
At 2:28 p.m., lifeguards arriving at the bay by rescue watercraft, found bystanders performing CPR on a male victim on shore. Lifeguards took over CPR until paramedics and fire personnel could reach the victim via a long dirt trail.
Despite all life-saving efforts, the victim could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim, a 58-year-old man visiting from Alberta, Canada was snorkeling with family members when he was found unresponsive and brought to shore on a rocky area of the bay, some 100 yards from the beach. Someone on an anchored sailboat nearby heard the cries for help and came to the aid with a small dinghy. The victim was loaded onto the dinghy and brought to the beach where bystanders jumped in to perform CPR.
Lifeguards from D.T. Fleming Beach Park and firefighters from Lahaina responded to the incident.