At 4:33 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, emergency crews in West Maui responded to the area known as “Windmills Beach,” about a mile east of Honolua Bay, for a male in the water and possibly in distress.
Paramedics and firefighters from Napili arrived at 4:45 p.m. and found bystanders performing CPR on an unresponsive male on the beach. Crews took over and provided advanced life-saving measures; however, despite all efforts the man could not be resuscitated and died at the scene.
The victim, a 44-year-old man visiting from Kent, Washington was snorkeling alone when he reportedly ran into some sort of trouble. Beachgoers spotted the man waving his arms in the air about 100 yards offshore. A Good Samaritan paddled out with a standup surfboard and brought the man in to the beach unresponsive.
A ladder company from the Lahaina fire station also responded to the incident.