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Missing Snorkeler Found Unresponsive at Kapalua Bay, Maui

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PC: Department of Fire & Public Safety

A missing snorkeler was found unresponsive in waters off of Kapalua Bay in West Maui on Friday afternoon.

The 63-year-old North Carolina man was reported missing at around 3 p.m., and was found about an hour later by Ocean Safety personnel on Jet Skis.

Fire officials say the man had been snorkeling about 100-150 yards from shore.

Units responding to the scene included: Engine 11, Ladder 3, Ocean Safety Jet Ski 11 and 3, and Rescue 10 aboard the department’s Air 1 helicopter.

Upon arrival on scene, Jet Ski units, rescue swimmers, and Air 1 performed a search of the area.


The missing snorkeler was found in the water unresponsive at approximately 4 p.m. and was brought to shore. Fire officials say that despite lifesaving efforts on shore by awaiting Medics and Fire personnel, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


Fire officials described ocean conditions as 1-3 foot surf with light winds.

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