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Two Snorkelers Pulled from South and West Maui Waters Tuesday

Emergency crews on Tuesday, Oct. 31, responded to two separate incidents in South and West Maui, where visitors’ were pulled unresponsive from the ocean while snorkeling.

At 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, emergency crews responded to a person pulled unresponsive from the ocean at Kapalua Bay in West Maui.

Fire and paramedic crews from Napili arrived at 8:33 a.m. and found a 76-year-old male visitor from New Jersey, on the beach and breathing on his own. Paramedics treated the man at the scene then transported him to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

The New Jersey man was snorkeling by himself when witnesses noticed he had stopped moving. Bystanders pulled the man to shore after checking and finding him unresponsive. Once on shore, bystanders gave the man rescue breaths and he began to breathe on his own shortly after.

At 3:58 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, emergency crews in South Maui responded to a separate incident at the
Makena Landing for an unresponsive person pulled from the ocean.

Paramedics and firefighters from the Wailea area arrived at 4:09 p.m. and took over CPR that was being performed by bystanders on shore.

Rescue crews continued CPR and eventually transported the man, who had no pulse, to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

The victim, a 55-year-old male visitor from Vancouver, British Colombia was snorkeling alone at Makena Landing. Bystanders found the man floating face down in the water and brought him to shore.

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