2 people pulled from ocean; 1 dies

A man and a woman in their 20s were found floating unresponsive in the waters off Keawakapu Beach in Kihei on Thursday afternoon, Maui fire officials said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was transported by medics to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition, said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro.

Crews from Wailea and Kihei responded to a 4:50 p.m. call of two people found floating and unresponsive on the southern end of the beach, he said. They were both very close to shore and brought to land by beachgoers.

When firefighters arrived, they found bystanders performing CPR on both victims. Firefighters and medics took over lifesaving efforts but the man was pronounced dead at the scene by medics, Yatsushiro said.

There was no further information about where the victims were from or what led to the incident, he said.

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