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Texas man dies after snorkeling excursion to Molokini


A Texas man died on Sunday after snorkeling at Molokini islet.

He was identified as Mark Strickert, 50, of Austin, Texas.

Twelve passengers and three crew members went out to Molokini, off Maui, aboard the Double Scoop, operated by the Scuba Shack, around 8 a.m., police said.

The Coast Guard received a call that one of the snorkelers was unresponsive and three others were stranded on rocks in the surf zone.

A 45-foot Coast Guard boat from Maalaea and a JetSki from the Maui County Fire Department responded to the scene. Rescue personnel administered CPR to Strickert, but he was pronounced dead.

A female crew member, 23, was brought in to the Kihei Boat Ramp and was transported in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center. A 48-year-old female had scrapes and went to the hospital.

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