Ocean Death at Keawakapu Beach: Snorkeler Pulled Unresponsive from Water
A visitor from Canada was pulled unresponsive from waters off of Keawakapu Beach in South Maui on Thursday morning.
The incident was reported at around 10:01 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.
Wailea firefighters arrived on scene at 10:09 a.m. to find the female victim on the beach fronting the Mana Kai Maui Resort where bystanders had already begun CPR. Paramedics arrived shortly after and provided advanced life-saving measures; however, despite all efforts authorities say the woman could not be resuscitated and died at the scene.
The victim was identified as a 52-year-old female visitor from Canada.
Maui fire officials say the woman had been snorkeling with her spouse and both were returning to the beach; however, when the spouse reached shore, the victim was nowhere to be found. A short time later the woman was spotted floating on the surface just offshore.
According to department reports, a bystander swam out on a paddleboard and brought the woman back to the beach where two nurses, a physician, and a retired firefighter, who were all on vacation, jumped in to perform CPR.