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MFD: Nine Drowning Deaths in 13 Days

The Maui Fire Department said Monday morning that nine drownings have occurred in Maui waters over the past two weeks.

Most recently, a 71-year-old Berkley, Calif. man died on Saturday after being pulled from the waters off Maluaka Beach. 

Officials say the unfortunate streak began on January 14, when two separate incidents took place.

At 11:15 a.m. on January 14 emergency crews responded to Alaeloa Point in West Maui after receiving reports of a 50-year-old male who had been fishing on the shoreline and ended up in the water.

A surfer reportedly brought the victim in to shore unresponsive.

Upon arrival crews found the victim on shore in the cove fronting the Alaeloa property swimming pool. No CPR was being administered to the man.

Firefighters administered CPR until Napili medics arrived. The victim was eventually transported to MMMC in critical condition. When the victim left scene, he had no pulse.

Fire officials say the victim later died while at the hospital.

A separate incident at Wailea Beach in South Maui took place just hours later.

The Wailea ladder crew was dispatched to Wailea Beach fronting the Four Seasons Resort for a person pulled out of the ocean.

Fire crews arrived at 2:04 pm to find bystanders and resort personnel on the beach performing CPR on a male victim.

Officials say fire crew took over CPR until Wailea medics arrived. The victim could not be revived and was pronounced dead at scene.

The victim was a 69-year-old male of Kula, Maui. He was reported to be swimming when he suddenly sank underwater.

Bystanders reportedly pulled the victim to shore soon after and started immediate CPR.



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