Alaska man dies while snorkeling in Maui

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WAILEA, Maui (KTUU) An 80-year-old man from Homer died Saturday while vacationing in Maui.

According to the Maui County Fire Department, emergency crews were dispatched shortly after 10 a.m. to Ulua Beach in Wailea. “Firefighters arrived to find bystanders on the beach performing CPR on a male victim,” a public information officer for the Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety, Edward Taomoto wrote in a release.

Officials said the man, who has not been publicly identified had gone to the beach with a family member but went snorkeling alone, “Bodyboarders in the water found the victim floating face down and unresponsive about 50 feet from shore. The teenage bodyboarders brought the man to the beach where bystanders began administering CPR.” Attempts to revive the man were not successful, the release states.

Taomoto said the man was using a traditional two-piece snorkel and mask set. “Ocean conditions were considered very rough, with shorebreak face heights in the six to seven foot range,” Taomoto said.

This is the 10th ocean-related death for 2018 in Maui County, according to MFD.

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