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UPDATE: Snorkeler from California Dies at Hospital

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Updated at 11:50 a.m. on January 29.

Maui Fire Department officials say the 71-year-old man who was pulled from the waters off Maluaka Beach on Saturday has died.

The Berkeley, California man’s name is being withheld pending notifications to next of kin.

This was the ninth drowning since January 14.

Original story published on January 27.

At 10:16 a.m. on Saturday South Maui emergency crews responded to a report of an adult male found floating face down in the ocean 100 yards from shore on the north end of Maluaka Beach in Makena.

Firefighters and lifeguards from Makena State Park arrived at the beach at 10:26 a.m. and guided a lifeguard rescue watercraft towards the victim. Lifeguards recovered the man and brought him to the beach where emergency crews began administering life-saving CPR. The man was wearing a traditional two-piece mask and snorkel.

Paramedics were able to get the victim’s pulse back and transported the man to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

The snorkeler is a 71-year-old man visiting from Berkeley, California.

The man had gone snorkeling by himself but was at the beach with family and friends. Someone on the beach called 911 after they saw the victim floating on the surface 100 yards offshore and noticed that he hadn’t moved in a while.

Lifeguards from Makena State Park, along with firefighters from Wailea and a Kihei paramedic crew responded to the incident.

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