Fire rescue crews will resume searching this morning for a 34-year-old Utah man who was swept off the rocks into the ocean in Kahakuloa, Maui, along with another man.
Maui fire rescue crews and Ocean Safety personnel searched for the two men who were swept into the ocean Monday afternoon by waves at Olivine Pools, near milepost 16 on Kahekili Highway, the Maui County Fire Department said in a news release.
The two men were standing on a rock near the water’s edge taking photos with two women, when a wave knocked one man, a visitor from Connecticut, into the water, the Fire Department said. A second wave broke over the rock and the two women were dragged across the rocks. The Utah man disappeared.
Witnesses spotted him in the water, but lost sight of him.
The fire department sent out its helicopter, Air 1, and its crew pulled a 23-year-old Connecticut man from the water at 2:13 p.m.
He was airlifted to waiting paramedics on Kahekili Highway, and was treated for multiple cuts. He was flown by helicopter medevac to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.
Air 1, a fire rescue boat and an ocean safety rescue watercraft continued searching for the Utah man, but were unable to find him.
The search was suspended late Monday afternoon.
The two women, a 19-year-old from Mexico and a 20-year-old from Austria, received minor abrasions and were treated at the scene.