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Search to resume for visitor missing off Maui

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.

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  • I can’t understand why all the airlines flying to Hawaii do not include a warning about the surf in Hawaii. In fact, what is the argument against such a warning? Are they going to say “forget this” when the plane lands and go back home? It makes no sense whatsoever to not include the potential dangers of the surf.

    • This comment is out in left field. Maybe more like the two males and two females all met in a Maui night club or bar and decided to go sightseeing around Maui. In those situations, many males tend to get a lot bolder to impress the females and if one of the guys said ‘lets not stand on those wet ocean rocks because it might be dangerous’ they might be considered panty to the young woman they are trying to impress so, they ended up doing reckless things. Could,have happed the other way as the women wanted an extreme ocean picture and convinced the guys, even though inside they thought it was dangerous, they did it anyway. No matter what one person is dead. I do agree the airlines to Hawaii should a short video of ocean dangers and hotels should run it constantly on theiir own TV hotel channel but figure no wants the legal liability of being sued if they show such a video and some tourist still drowns. HTA is too busy holding secret meetings so they can spend $100 million of Hawaii taxpayer momey with no accountability like the Oahu rail project so they won’t deal with this problem and hope to sweep these tourist deaths under the rug as quietly as possible by not mentioning drownings and hiking deaths in their media ads and projects

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