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Missing Paddle Boarder Found Unresponsive in South Maui

May 6, 2021, 3:15 PM HST
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Ocean rescue. File image by Wendy Osher.

A 56 year old California man was pulled unresponsive from South Maui waters today.

First responders were called to the scene at around 1:05 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, for a report of a missing paddle boarder. An unattended paddle board was also found in the area just offshore of Kalepolepo Beach Park.

Personnel commenced a search via land, with the Maui Fire Department’s Jet Ski 6, Jet Ski 6b, and the US Coast Guard searching the water by sea.

The Maui Fire Department’s Air 1 helicopter was dispatched to conduct a search by air; and shortly after arriving on scene, personnel aboard Air 1 spotted the victim floating face down approximately 100 yards offshore of a condominium just south of the area.

Personnel with Jet Ski 6 brought the man to shore where Medics pronounced the victim dead. The man’s identity has not yet been released.

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Officials with the MFD day ocean conditions were calm at the time of the incident.

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