Ja­panese vis­i­tor is is­land’s 12th vic­tim this year

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL -

A 74-year-old Ja­panese vis­i­tor be­comes the 12th per­son to die in an ocean-related ac­tiv­ity on Maui in the first seven weeks of this year.

Maui Fire Ser­vices Chief Ed Tao­moto said the man, vis­it­ing from Tokyo, was spot­ted swim­ming at a Kaana­pali beach fronting the Sher­a­ton Maui Re­sort, while hold­ing onto an in­fant’s flota­tion de­vice de­signed for pool use.

The man was swim­ming on the south side of Puu Kekaa or Black Rock, about 100 feet out from shore in an area that is calm, shel­tered from the wind and in­side the cur­rent line. “It was like a lake,” Tao­moto said.

By­standers found the man float­ing face down, grabbed him and pulled him to shore, where they be­gan CPR. Fire­fight­ers con­tin­ued CPR, un­til paramedics ar­rived. Paramedics con­tin­ued life-sav­ing tech­niques and trans­ported him to the hos­pi­tal.

Tao­moto said he was taken in crit­i­cal con­di­tion to Maui Memorial Med­i­cal Cen­ter and died ei­ther on the way to or at the hos­pi­tal.

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