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Japanese Visitor Pulled from Waters off Pu‘u Keka‘a, Kā‘anapali

February 14, 2018, 6:11 AM HST · Updated February 14, 6:12 AM
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Puʻu Kekaʻa, Kāʻanapali.

A visitor from Tokyo, Japan was pulled unresponsive from waters in Kāʻanapali at around 1:16 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

The 74-year-old man had been swimming on the south side of Puʻu Kekaʻa, and was last seen using a flotation type device. Bystanders later found the man floating face down about 100 feet from the beach and pulled him to shore where they started CPR.

Upon arrival at 1:22 p.m., fire crews observed police conducting CPR and firefighters took over CPR until medics arrived a short time later.

As crews worked to resuscitate the victim, the man’s pulse returned and paramedics eventually transported the man to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

A Lahaina fire crew and paramedics from Nāpili responded to the incident.

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