At 10:16 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, emergency crews in South Maui responded to Ulua Beach in Wailea for an unresponsive male being brought to shore.
At 10:21 a.m. firefighters arrived to find bystanders on the beach performing CPR on a male victim. Crews continued CPR until medics arrived to provide advanced life support measures. Despite all efforts, the victim could not be revived and died at the scene.
The victim is an 80-year-old man visiting from Homer, Alaska.
The Alaskan man had gone to the beach with a family member but went snorkeling by himself. Bodyboarders in the water found the victim floating face down and unresponsive about 50 feet from shore. The teenaged bodyboarders brought the man to the beach where bystanders began administering CPR.
The man was using a traditional two-piece snorkel and mask set.
Ocean conditions were considered very rough, with shorebreak face heights in the six to seven-foot range.
Firefighters from Wailea and a paramedic crew from Kihei responded to the incident.
Today’s incident is the 10th ocean-related death in Maui County for 2018.