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Surfer Found Unresponsive in Waters Off Honolua Bay

Maui Fire Department personnel responded to multiple ocean rescue calls over the weekend. Two of these calls occurred on the NW shoreline where large surf was reported.

On Saturday at approximately 5:15 pm, firefighters were called to Honolua Bay for reports of an unresponsive surfer who was brought in to shore by fellow surfers. Fire and Medic crews arrived on scene and attempted lifesaving efforts. The victim was transported by ambulance in critical condition and later pronounced dead. The victim is described as a male in his 50’s, and a local Maui resident.

On Sunday at approximately 1:00 pm, firefighters and Ocean Safety personnel were called to the area of Honokohau Bay for reports of a female who fell in to the ocean while hiking. Engine 11 personnel responded by land, while an Ocean Safety Jetski unit co-responded from DT Fleming beach. The victim was able to stay afloat and swim outside to deeper water which kept her safe from the large surf impacting the shoreline. She was located and picked up by the Jetski unit approximately a quarter mile out and brought in safely to shore at Honokohau Bay. The victim, a 35 year old female Maui resident, sustained minor cuts and bruises and refused further medical treatment.

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