A 68-year-old surfer who was pulled unresponsive from waters near Ukumehame Beach Park in West Maui on Saturday was revived after a group effort and a paramedic unit from Maalaea arrived, the Maui Fire Department said.
The Kula man was in waters about 40 yards from shore.
Bystanders brought the victim to shore and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. “A paramedic, a firefighter, and a person from the Coast Guard, all from Maui and off-duty at the time, were on the beach nearby and eventually took over CPR efforts” until paramedics arrived at 6:38 p.m., the fire department said.
The victim was ultimately revived after responding emergency crews arrived, officials said. The man was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition at around 7 p.m. Saturday.
Paramedic crews from Maalaea and Napili, and firefighters from Lahaina responded to the incident.