1 drowning, 2 near drownings in Maui waters

Published On: Mar 12 2013 04:45:00 AM HST
WAILUKU, Hawaii -

Maui County fire officials say there was one drowning and two near drownings in Maui waters on Monday.

The first incident happened at Kapalua Bay at around noon.  Crews gave first aid to a 60-year-old Japanese woman on arrival.  Bystanders pulled the woman out of the water.  Fire officials say she was snorkeling with her husband and son at the bay.  She was hospitalized in critical condition.

At around 2:30 p.m., crews responded to Pilale Bay off Kulike Road in Haiku for a report of a missing fisherman.  The 30-year-old local man, who was with two other friends, was reported missing at noon.  At around 3 p.m.,the man was found face-down in the water about 100 yards offshore.  He was brought to shore and pronounced dead by responding medics.  Fire officials say the tide was high and the surf was reported at around 10-feet-high.

Maui police identified the man who drowned as Harold Mangantulao of Kahului.  He was fishing with two friends at Pilale Bay and went to pick opihis by himself at around 10 a.m.  At around 12:30 p.m., Mangantulao's friends went to look for him.  As they approached the point of the bay, they noticed the waves were too large to pass.  They hiked to the top of the bay to report he was missing.  Foul play is not suspected at this time.

At around 2:47 p.m., crews responded to the beachfront near the Ka'anapali Villas for a report of an unconscious woman who was pulled from the water. Crews arrived to find CPR in progress on a 55-year-old woman from Canada.  She was hospitalized in critical condition.


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