At 12:37 p.m. on Tuesday, emergency crews responded to reports of two people swept into the ocean by a wave at the Olivine Pools in Kahakuloa.
While crews were en route, it was reported that a young female had made it out of the water, but a male still remained in the water.
At 12:58 p.m. the fire department’s Air-1 helicopter and lifeguards on rescue watercraft arrived at Olivine Pools and recovered a male victim floating face down about 40 feet from the rocky shoreline.
Air-1 airlifted the victim to Kahekili Highway where firefighters began CPR efforts. Paramedics arrived a short time later and continued advanced lifesaving measures, however, despite all efforts the man could not be revived and die at the scene.
The victim is a 46-year-old male visitor from Whitefish, Montana.
The man had jumped into the ocean after his 15-year-old daughter was washed into the ocean by a large wave as she was standing near the water’s edge. The man was able to get the girl back to the rocky cliff. Bystanders used towels as a makeshift rope and managed to pull the girl up onto the rocky ledge. When witnesses looked back for the man, he was seen floating face down and unresponsive.
The female teen suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released to family members at the scene.
Tuesday’s incident marks the 16th water related fatality this year.
Firefighters from Napili, a Kahului rescue crew, and a Lahaina rescue boat responded to the incident. Lifeguards from D.T. Fleming Beach Park also responded.