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Snorkeler Dies after Returning to Shore

At 12:53 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, emergency responders in South Maui were called to the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve for a snorkeler that was brought to shore and who was experiencing a medical emergency.

At 1:04 p.m., ocean safety lifeguards arrived and found an unresponsive male on shore and began CPR on the victim. Paramedics and firefighters arrived shortly after and continued with CPR and advanced life-saving measures. However, despite all efforts the man could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim is a 56-year-old male visitor from Portland, Oregon. The Oregon man was snorkeling in Ahihi Bay along with a friend when he began to feel ill. They both swam back to shore and the friend went to call for help. When he returned with lifeguards the man was unresponsive and without a pulse.

Ocean safety lifeguards from Makena State Park and a fire crew and paramedic crew from Wailea responded to the incident.

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