Fire crews respond to 2 water incidents in S. Maui

A female visitor died and a male visitor was hospitalized Thursday after crews responded to two water-related incidents in South Maui within the span of an hour, a fire official said.

The first incident was reported at 10:44 a.m. at Wailea Beach, fronting the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Bystanders were performing CPR on a 76-year-old man who had been pulled from the ocean when firefighters arrived at 10:50 a.m., said Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto.

Medics continued livesaving measures until the man regained a pulse, Taomoto said. The man was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

At 11:18 a.m., firefighters responded to Poolenalena Beach, or Chang’s Beach, after a report of a woman being pulled from the ocean, Taomoto said. The woman, who was in her 60s, was reportedly standing in the water and was overcome by the shore break. She became unresponsive, and beachgoers pulled her out of the water and began CPR.

Two lifeguards from Makena Beach State Park arrived on the scene and took over CPR, with medics and firefighters assisting, but the woman died at the scene, Taomoto said.

The hometowns of the two visitors were not available.


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