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Visitor Dies While Snorkeling Near “Black Rock” in Kāʻanapali

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Puʻu Kekaʻa "Black Rock".  File photo by Wendy Osher.

Puʻu Kekaʻa “Black Rock”. File photo by Wendy Osher.


Maui police say Jong Kwan Lee of Hewseong-SI Gengi Do, South Korea had entered the waters fronting the Sheraton to snorkel.

At about 10:25 a.m., a bystander observed Lee floating face down in about knee deep water, according to department reports.

Officials say the man was pulled to shore by bystanders and CPR was initiated. Authorities say a Lahaina patrol officer arrived on scene and took over CPR before handing off care to Fire Department and medical personnel who continued lifesaving measures for about 30 minutes.

Despite their efforts, police say CPR was terminated that the man died at the scene.


The cause of death is pending autopsy reports.

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