At 11:44 a.m. Sunday, March 4, emergency crews in West Maui responded to Makaluapuna Point, in the area known as Dragon’s Teeth for two males in the ocean needing assistance.
At 11:48 a.m. lifeguards from D.T. Fleming Beach Park arrived by watercraft and found both men on the west side of Makaluapuna Point. A 28-year-old man had made it back to the rocky cliff area but the other, a 54-year-old man was floating unresponsive nearby.
Lifeguards retrieved both men and brought them to firefighters and paramedics at Oneloa Beach. Crews performed CPR on the 54-year-old man until his pulse eventually returned.
Paramedics rushed the 54-year-old man in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center. The 28-year-old was also taken to the hospital in stable condition.
The two men are family members visiting from Sandy, Utah and were standing on the cliff area near the water. The younger family member fell into the water and was having trouble getting back out. The 54-year-old then jumped in to help but at some point became unresponsive.
Firefighters and paramedics from Napili, along with lifeguards from D.T. Fleming Beach Park responded to the ocean rescue.