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California man pulled from Maui freshwater cave identified


    Waianapanapa State Park

The body of a 33-year-old California man firefighters recovered from a freshwater cave in Hana over the weekend has been identified as Gregory Wilhelm of Novato.

The Maui Fire Department said Wilhelm was swimming with three of his friends from Maui Sunday afternoon just outside of the Waianapanapa Freshwater Caves.

He and a friend decided to enter and explore the caves and used light from a cellphone sealed in a plastic bag while inside the cave.

The fire department said his friend headed out of the cave and noticed Wilhelm was missing. He returned to the cave to look for him but found only the cell phone.

His friend left the area and called for help. The fire department’s dive rescue team and Air 1 helicopter located Wilhelm’s body about 75 feet from the cave’s entrance.

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