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New Jersey man dies after being pulled from water at Black Rock, Kaanapali

MAUIWatch/ Anthony Goodrich.

On Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at about 9:51 a.m., police officers responded to the Black Rock area near the Sheraton Maui Resort for a report of an unresponsive male being tended to by emergency personnel.

The male snorkeler was about 75 yards from shore when he became distressed and yelled for help. Witnesses used a kayak to pull the male from the water and brought him to shore. On the shore, the male was able to sit and speak. Shortly after, the male passed out and became unresponsive. Beach-goers administered CPR until relieved by personnel from the Fire Department and Medics. Their efforts were unsuccessful and the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male victim was identified by his wife as 47 year-old Joseph Ramaikas of New Jersey.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine cause of death.

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