At 12:46 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, emergency crews in West Maui responded to a Kaanapali beach after receiving reports of a male being pulled from the water at Black Rock.
Firefighters were on scene at 12:53 p.m. and found bystanders performing CPR on a male victim near the old pier on the north side of Black Rock. Fire and paramedic crews continued CPR on the male, however, despite all efforts the man could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The male victim is a 47-year-old visitor from Moorpark, California. A man paddling a one-man outrigger canoe nearby saw the victim waving and heard him yelling for help about 50 feet off the point. After he and a bystander on shore helped the man to the rocks, the victim went unresponsive and they began performing CPR.
The California man had been snorkeling with two other family members when he ran into trouble. The family members made it safely to shore.
Two fire companies and a paramedic crew from Lahaina responded to the incident.