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Freediver Pulled from Ocean Transported to Hospital Critical

At 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, emergency crews in West Maui responded to Papalaua Wayside Park in Ukumehame for a report of a male waving his arms in distress about 100 yards from shore.

When paramedics and firefighters arrived at 10:35 a.m., bystanders had already brought the male victim to shore and were performing CPR on him. Crews continued CPR on the man until he eventually regained a pulse and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

The male victim is a 58-year-old Waiehu man. He had been spearfishing offshore when something caused him to callout for help. Witnesses on the beach reported seeing the man waving his arms in the air as if he needed help. Two bystanders went out with bodyboards to give the man assistance. At some point, the man became unresponsive and was brought back to shore.

Firefighters and paramedic crews from Lahaina and Maalaea responded to the incident.

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