Updated at 6:18 p.m. An earlier version of this story was edited because of erroneous information provided from the Maui Fire Department.
At 11:19 a.m. on Friday, emergency crews in South Maui responded to the south end of Keawakapu Beach for an unresponsive male pulled from the ocean fronting the Wailea Ekahi Village condominiums.
Wailea firefighters arrived at 11:23 a.m. and found the male victim on the beach with bystanders performing CPR. Paramedics arrived and continued advanced life-saving measures until the victim regained a pulse and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.
The victim, a 55-year-old man visiting from China, was snorkeling with his wife along the reef not far from shore. After the spouse returned to the beach she noticed that her husband was not with her. She searched from shore but did not find him.
Bystanders found the victim floating unresponsive about 30 yards offshore and pulled the man back to the beach. A police officer on vacation from the mainland was nearby and got early CPR started until responders could arrive.
An engine and ladder company, along with a paramedic crew from Wailea responded to the near-death ocean incident.