At 1:21 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, emergency crews in Hana responded to Nahiku Landing in East Maui, for a person reported to be in trouble in the ocean.
Hana crews arrived at 1:51 p.m. and found a male floating face-down in the water 50 feet from shore. Firefighters brought the man back to shore, but because of the steep cliff area and large surf pounding the shoreline, crews had to rely on the fire department helicopter to remove the victim.
Air-1 was brought in and airlifted the victim to paramedics at the landing at 2:30 p.m. Paramedics assessed the victim but the man could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim is a 46-year-old Kahului man. He was last seen at around 11 a.m. Thursday and was heard saying he was going to the shoreline to pick opihi. A tourist walking near the shoreline saw the victim yelling for help and waving his arms in the air. The tourist ran up Nahiku Road and stopped at the nearest house to call for help. When he returned to the ocean 10 minutes later, the victim was floating face-down.
A rescue crew from Kahului flew out in Air-1 and assisted in the recovery.