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Maui police identify diver found off Kapalua

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:40 p.m. HST, Aug 15, 2014

Maui police have identified the body of a diver found in waters off Kapalua as Christopher Kuwada, 43 of Waikapu.

Police, medics, firefighters, lifeguards and the Coast Guard responded to the 12:02 p.m. report of a missing diver in the area of D.T. Fleming Beach Park.

Boaters aboard Teralani III Catamaran found a mask, snorkel and spear about half a mile offshore, but did not see a diver in the area so they called for emergency personnel.

Ocean Safety deployed its rescue watercraft.

Kuwada's body was found floating face down by Air 1 about a mile offshore from the beach park.

Lifeguards, using the rescue watercraft, brought the diver to shore, a fire official said in an email.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation showed no signs of foul play, police said.

Cause of death is pending autopsy results.

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