Search underway for missing snorkeler in Hawaii

Officials in Hawaii are searching A 60-year-old woman The woman went missing in the South Maui Sea Thursday while snorkeling with her husband.

Authorities began the search after the woman’s husband called 911 around noon local time (5 p.m. ET) Thursday, Dan Dennison, senior communications manager for Hawaii Land and Natural Resources, told reporters late Thursday.

First responders from the Fire Department, Coast Guard and Conservation and Resources Enforcement Division are searching the scene by water and air.

Rescuers search for a missing snorkeler at Keawakapu Point in Kihei, Hawaii, on December 8, 2022.K.H.N.L

Additional information about the victim’s identity or hometown was not immediately available.

Officials urged people to leave the area where the search is underway, and said shark warning signs from the Mana Kai Maui resort to Ulu’a Point would remain in place until at least noon Friday local time.

Maui “has a lot of shark activity,” Dennison said Thursday.

Data from Hawaii Land and Natural Resources shows There have been six reported shark incidents this year, including one on Maui, including yesterday’s incident. The most recent incident on Maui before yesterday’s incident was in September, when a snorkeler lost two fingers on his left hand and two fingers on his right hand after encountering a shark, the data show.

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