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Japanese Visitor Pulled from Waters off Puu Kekaa in Kaanapali

At 1:16 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, emergency crews in West Maui were dispatched to Kaanapali beach fronting the Sheraton Maui Resort for an adult male pulled unresponsive from the water.

Firefighters arrived at 1:22 p.m. to find police officers on the beach performing CPR on the male victim. Fire crews continued CPR until paramedics arrived a short time later.

As crews worked to resuscitate the victim, the man’s pulse returned and paramedics eventually transported the man to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

The victim, a 74-year-old man visiting from Tokyo, Japan had been swimming on the south side of Puu Kekaa, also known as Black Rock, and was last seen using a floatation type device. Bystanders later found the victim floating face down about 100 feet from the beach and pulled the man to shore. Bystanders administered CPR until police officers arrived.

A Lahaina fire crew and paramedics from Napili responded to the incident.

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