California Man Dies, Pulled Unresponsive from Nāpili Bay

February 9, 2019, 5:58 AM HST · Updated February 9, 5:58 AM
Wendy Osher · 26 Comments

A 66-year-old California man died in an apparent drowning at Nāpili Bay in West Maui on Friday, fire officials said.

The man had been swimming with his female companion when the couple reportedly experienced difficulty returning to shore.

The incident was reported at around 11:54 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 on the north side of Nāpili Bay.

Upon arrival on scene, crews found the unresponsive man already on shore with CPR being administered by bystanders. Fire personnel took over CPR, but despite lifesaving efforts, the man was pronounced dead at the scene, said Maui Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro.


Meantime, Ocean Safety personnel aboard Jetski 11 brought the female swimmer to shore. The female required no further medical attention.

The Maui Fire Department’s Engine 11 (Nāpili) and Jetski 11 from DT Fleming Beach responded.

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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