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Missing Snorkeler Found Unresponsive at Kapalua Bay, Maui

February 5, 2021, 6:00 PM HST
* Updated February 5, 6:03 PM
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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.

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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.

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

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