Crews rescue Utah visitors from waters off West Maui

The Maui News – Lifeguards rescued two Utah visitors at Dragon’s Teeth on Sunday after one man fell into the water and another jumped in to help, according to a fire official.

At 11:44 a.m. Sunday, emergency crews in West Maui responded to a call for two males needing assistance in the ocean off Makaluapuna Point in the area known as Dragon’s Teeth in Kapalua, Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said.

The two men were family members visiting from Sandy, Utah, and had been standing on the cliff area near the water. The 28-year-old man fell into the water and had trouble getting back out. The 54-year-old man jumped in to help but at some point became unresponsive.

At 11:48 a.m., lifeguards from D.T. Fleming Beach Park arrived by watercraft and found both men on the west side of Makaluapuna Point, Taomoto said. The younger man had made it back to the rocky cliff area, but the older man was floating unresponsive nearby. Lifeguards retrieved both men and brought them to firefighters and paramedics at Oneloa Beach. Crews performed CPR on the 54-year-old man until his pulse eventually returned.

Paramedics rushed the 54-year-old man in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center. The 28-year-old was also taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Firefighters and paramedics from Napili, along with lifeguards from D.T. Fleming Beach Park, responded to the ocean rescue.