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Man Dies Near Black Rock After Snorkeling Incident

July 5, 2016, 1:44 PM HST
* Updated July 5, 1:47 PM
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Puʻu Kekaʻa "Black Rock". Maui Now graphic.

Puʻu Kekaʻa “Black Rock”. Maui Now graphic.

Maui Police officers responded to the Black Rock area near the Sheraton Maui Resort for a report of an unresponsive male being tended to by emergency personnel on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at about 9:51 a.m.

A snorkeler was about 75 yards from shore when he became distressed and yelled for help.

Witnesses used a kayak to pull the man from the water and brought him to shore.

On-shore, he was able to sit and talk. But shortly after, he passed out and became unresponsive.

Beach-goers administered CPR until relieved by personnel from the fire department and medic unit.

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Their efforts were unsuccessful and the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The male victim was identified by his wife as 47-year-old Joseph Ramaikas of New Jersey.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine cause of death.

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