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1 Dead, 2 Critical in Separate Ocean Rescues on Maui

March 12, 2013, 7:03 AM HST
* Updated March 12, 4:41 PM
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Kapalua, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Kapalua, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

***An UPDATE to this story is now posted at the following DIRECT LINK.

A fisherman on Maui suffered fatal injuries after he was reported missing on Monday afternoon in rough waters off of Pilale Bay.

The incident was reported at 2:30 p.m., on Monday, March 11, at the bay off of Kulike Road in Haiku where the man had been fishing with two other friends.

Rescue crews aboard the Maui Fire Department Air 1 helicopter located the man face-down in the water about 100 yards offshore, said Maui Fire Captain and Acting Public Information Officer, Paul Haake.

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Authorities say the tide was high and the surf was reported at 10 feet during the incident.

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Two other ocean rescues were reported on Monday afternoon—both resulting in critical injuries.

At around noon, fire crews from Napili responded to Kapalua Bay for a report of a near drowning.

Upon arrival, first responders found a 60-year-old Japanese female who had been pulled from the water by onlookers while snorkeling with family at the bay, said Capt. Haake.

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In a separate incident, at around 2:45 p.m., ladder crews from Lahaina responded to the beachfront near the Ka’anapali Villas for a report of an unconscious woman that was pulled from the water.

Upon arrival, authorities say first responders found CPR already in progress on the 55-year-old Canadian woman.

In both incidents, the visitors were transported to the hospital via medics in critical condition.

 

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