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California Man Pulled Unresponsive from Hulopo‘e Beach, Lāna‘i

June 20, 2017, 5:34 AM HST (Updated June 20, 2017, 7:25 AM) · 3 Comments
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Firefighters on Lānaʻi were called to Hulopoʻe Beach fronting the Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi for a male pulled from the ocean at 1:29 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017.

Lānaʻi, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Firefighters arrived at 1:44 p.m. to find bystanders performing CPR on the male victim. Firefighters took over CPR and continued until paramedics arrived and provided advanced life support.

Despite all life-saving efforts, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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The male victim is a 66-year-old California man, and also a part-time Lānaʻi resident.

Authorities say he was playing in the shore break with a younger family member when both were hit by a large wave. Maui Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said the man did not reappear after the wave passed and bystanders eventually spotted him floating face down in the water. Bystanders brought the victim to shore and immediately started CPR.

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