St. Paul Man Who Died While Snorkeling is Among Spike in Recent Maui Drownings

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January 29, 2018 10:13 PM

A 52-year-old St. Paul man who died while snorkeling off the Maui coast on Friday was one in a spike in drownings there that has occurred in the past two weeks, according to fire officials there.

The string of drownings began with two such incidents on Jan. 14.


On Friday, emergency crews were called about 11:15 a.m. to Lahaina Harbor to await the return of a catamaran carrying a group of passengers. The boat's crew was providing CPR to a man who had been pulled unresponsive from the water of Olowalu in West Maui, according to a release form the Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety.

Emergency responders boarded the vessel at 11:53 a.m. and took over life-saving measures, but despite those the man later identified as 52-year-old John Anderson, of St. Paul, could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the harbor. 

According to the release, the boat had been anchored while passengers snorkeled off of Olowalu when the crew noticed a man had not moved for a while.

The man was found floating face-down and unresponsive near the boat, the release says, and the man was brought on board and CPR was begun. 

The man had been wearing a "traditional two piece mask and snorkel," the release says.

Maui County officials say nine people have drowned off Maui in the past two weeks, seven of whom were visitors. On Saturday, an adult male was found 100 yards offshore floating face-down. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died. 


Michael Oakes

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