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Maui, HI – Tourist Dies on Snorkeling Tour Near Molokini Islet

April 26, 2022

Maui, HI (April 26, 2022) – A 69-year-old woman from La Mesa, CA died after losing consciousness while on a snorkeling trip to Molokini Islet off Maui on Monday, April 25th.

At about 9:00 a.m., emergency rescuers responded to the Kīhei Boat Harbor for reports of an unresponsive female.

Life-saving measures were administered onboard and were ongoing as the Coast Guard transported the woman. Those measures, however, were unsuccessful.

Although an initial investigation revealed no signs of criminality, an autopsy has been scheduled and the investigation is ongoing.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Recreational Injuries in Hawaii

Maui, HI - Tourist Dies on Snorkeling Tour Near Molokini Islet

Hawaii has a well-deserved reputation as the ideal place to participate in outdoor activities. The near-constant temperate climate and easy access to both mountains and the ocean offer a perfect setting in which both tourists and locals can enjoy numerous recreational ventures.

There are, however, many tour operators and activities planners who, through either oversight or disregard, neglect to enforce the safety measures required to keep their patrons safe. It is also fairly common for employees to receive little to no training and for tools and gear to have been poorly maintained. 

In Hawaii, there are countless activities that could potentially endanger participants, like jet-skiing, snorkeling, ziplining, horseback riding, scuba diving, boating, cliff diving, and many others.

If you were hurt while taking part in an organized tour or activity, you could have grounds for filing a claim of personal injury.

Maui Tourist Injury Lawyer

It seems to be common practice for activity and tour operators to blame their patrons for their own injuries. Accident reports drawn up by managers or their employees often create a false narrative that fails to reflect what actually happened. 

The purpose of this is, of course, to protect the company from liability. At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our Hawaii wrongful death lawyers will thoroughly investigate your accident and determine if negligent conduct by the operators or owners contributed to death.

Almost all recreational activities make participants sign a waiver before they can participate. Activity and tour operators do this to safeguard their company from liability when patrons are injured. 

It is a misconception that signing a waiver automatically bars an injured patron from filing a personal injury claim. Waivers only provide protection against fully disclosed inherent dangers associated with the activity. Operators are also required to ensure that their participants are physically able to partake and are provided with all necessary instructions. If an operator failed to do so, your waiver is invalid.

Our personal injury attorneys in Maui can examine your signed waiver along with all of its provisions and contents to establish the extent of its validity. 

When you contact our Hawaii wrongful death lawyers at (808) 537-2525, you can rest assured that we will start work on your case right away. We work diligently to make sure that our client’s rights are protected and that they receive the compensation the law entitles them to.  

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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