'Big Beach' lacks baywatch
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#1 Jan 23, 2010
Updated at 9:41 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Maui police identify man who drowned off MakenaPolice identified an Oregon man who drowned off the coast of Maui Tuesday as 49-year-old Jacob Pelta of Portland.
Acting Lt. William Gannon of the Maui Police Department said Pelta and Ed Wallmark, 58, of Portland were swimming in the ocean at Little Beach in Makena when they encountered a set of waves 10 to 15 feet high.
The two were then caught in a rip tide, according to The Associated Press.
Gannon said lifeguards performed CPR on Pelta, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wallmark was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center and was listed in good condition, The Associated Press reported. Wallmark's mother, Dianne Wallmark, said he has two collapsed lungs.
#2 Jan 26, 2010
This is very sad. Our news here on Maui never covers this kind of story. There should be life guards on duty in this area. Maybe some of the guards at kam 1 2 and 3 could be stationed at Makena.
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