Few new details have been released after Sunday’s apparent drowning at Molokini. The deceased has, however, been identified. He is 50 year-old Mark Strickert, a visitor from Austin, TX.
Sunday morning at 8:21 a.m., Maui Police responded to the Kihei Boat Ramp and Ma’alaea Harbor for a report of a miscellaneous accident. Police discovered that a vessel by the name of Double Scoop, operated by Scuba Shack, went out to Molokini for an ocean activity cruise.
Some of the individuals entered the ocean at Molokini, but became distressed due to the high surf, high winds, and rain. The Coast Guard and the Maui Fire Department were called out to assist in the rescue efforts.
A male victim, Mark Strickert, did not survive and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was transported by the Coast Guard to the Coast Guard Station in Maalaea. A second victim was a crew member, a 23 year-old female, who was brought in by company’s vessel to the Kihei Boat ramp. She was then transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. A third victim, a 48 year-old female, sustained abrasions and also transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment in good condition.
There were three crew members and twelve passengers on board the vessel. The rest of the individuals were brought back safely by the Coast Guard and the Maui Fire Department.
Cause of death for the victim, has not been officially determined pending autopsy results.