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Maui, HI – Woman Dies During Snorkeling Tour at Molokini Islet, Autopsy Ordered

May 18, 2022

Maui, HI (May 18, 2022) – An autopsy will be held for a 69-year-old woman from the San Diego area of California who lost consciousness on a snorkeling trip to Molokini Islet on Wednesday, May 18th. 

At about 9:00 a.m., officers from the Maui Police Department responded to the Kihei Boat Harbor and found the victim unresponsive. Attempts by Coast Guard crews to resuscitate the woman on her tour boat were unsuccessful. 

The identity of the woman, a resident of La Mesa, CA., is being withheld to allow her family and friends to be notified by police.  

An initial investigation showed no signs of foul play. An autopsy is forthcoming.

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

Tourist Fatalities in Hawaii

Maui, HI - Woman Dies During Snorkeling Tour at Molokini Islet, Autopsy Ordered

Hawaii has a well-deserved standing as an amazing location for all kinds of outdoor activities. The year-long temperate climate and easy access to both the mountains and the ocean provides a beautiful setting in which both locals and tourists can enjoy rest, relaxation, and a wide array of activities.  

There are, sadly, many organized group activity leaders and guided tour operators who neglect to implement the mandatory safety measures that are required for their participant’s safety. It is also not unusual for their shared equipment to have been poorly maintained and their employees to have little to no training.

In Hawaii, there are seemingly countless activities that pose a risk of injury to those who participate, like ziplining, jet skiing, horseback riding, scuba diving, boating, parasailing, cliff jumping, and many others.

If you were hurt while taking part in an organized group activity or guided tour, you may be eligible to pursue compensation.

It seems to almost be an industry standard for tour and activity operators to place the blame for any injuries on their own patrons. Accident reports filled out by owners, managers, or their employees commonly construct a false narrative that in no way reflects the actual events surrounding the incident. Their reason for doing this is, of course, to shield their company from any liability. At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our Hawaii recreational injury attorneys will fully investigate the circumstances of your accident and effectively decide if negligent behavior on the part of an employee, operator, or owner played a role in your injuries.

Almost every corporation that manages these kinds of group recreational activities makes their patrons sign a waiver before they are allowed to participate in order to protect the company from any liability when injuries occur.

The belief that signing a waiver bars an injured victim from bringing a personal injury claim as a matter of due course is a misconception. A waiver only provides protection against inherent dangers affiliated with the activity that was fully disclosed. Owners are also required to make sure their patrons are physically able to participate and are given any and all essential instructions. If an owner, manager, or employee neglected to do so, your waiver is likely invalid.

Our Hawaii personal injury lawyers can review your signed waiver as well as all of its contents and provisions and determine the scope of its validity. 

When you contact our Honolulu vacation accident 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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