Visitor Medevaced After Water Accident in Hana

July 1, 2016, 9:23 PM HST · Updated July 1, 9:23 PM
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Firefighters were called to a report of an unresponsive person pulled from the water at Hamoa Beach in East Maui at 2:03 p.m., on Friday July 1, 2016.

Hana firefighters arrived 10 minutes later and found that bystanders had pulled a 54-year-old male from the water after noticing the man floating face
down and motionless in the 2 foot shorebreak.

Fire officials say the man did not appear to have taken in any water.

The man, a visitor from San Mateo, California, was able to talk to firefighters when they arrived to treat him.

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He said he was not able to get himself out of the water after he was knocked over by a wave and hit his head on the ocean bottom.

Paramedics treated the man and transferred him to a helicopter medevac standing by at the Hana Airport, where the man was flown to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in serious but stable condition.

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