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Near-drowning victim taken to the hospital on Maui

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:24 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2013

A 63-year-old woman tourist from Washington state was taken in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center after rescuers pulled her from the Honolua Bay in west Maui Thursday morning.

Maui firefighters and Napili Ocean Safety rescue personnel responded  to a swimmer in distress call at 9:20 a.m.  The woman was snorkeling when someone on shore noticed her yelling for help.

Rescuers found the Mount Vernon, Wash. woman unconscious and face down in the water. She was brought to shore, where firefighters began CPR before an ambulance took her to the hospital.

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sayer wrote:
So sad to see so many drownings and near drownings on our islands. I agree with a suggestion someone once had - we really should have some kind of video or something for tourists to watch on their way here helping them to understand how to enjoy the ocean and our islands' beauty safely.
on April 12,2013 | 11:26AM
CloudForest wrote:
Every single surfer that I know has saved may people through the years - some flagrantly and others by talking them out of the water. Many many more by simply informing them prior to them going into tragic conditions - please everyone - stay alert and be ready to help in a seconds notice!
on April 12,2013 | 02:37PM
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