Snorkeler drowns in Kaanapali

A 45-year-old California man died in a drowning while snorkeling Monday afternoon at Puu Kekaa in Kaanapali, the Maui Fire Department reported.

Firefighters responding to a 5:14 p.m. call found the man on the rocks with bystanders who reported finding him facedown in the water on the north side of the area also known as Black Rock, according to the Fire Department. The man was unresponsive without a pulse, according to the Fire Department.

Firefighters brought the man to shore and attempted to revive him by using an automated external defibrillator.

Maui police identified the man as Tommy Cheng of Diamond Bar, Calif. An autopsy is pending.

The weather was clear, but the high tide with a south swell produced rough ocean conditions in the area, according to the Fire Department.

A Lahaina ladder company and Napili engine company responded to the call.


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