Saturday was an exceptionally busy day for first responders on Maui. Two traffic accidents resulted in four fatalities. A beach rescue in Wailea resulted in a Reading, PA, woman being rushed to the hospital. At 10:37 a.m. Saturday morning, emergency crews responded to reports of an unresponsive woman in the ocean. Upon arrival, bystanders had already pulled the woman from the water at Ulua beach, in South Maui.
When Wailea firefighters arrived at 10:42 a.m., they found bystanders performing CPR on the woman. Beachgoers noticed the woman unresponsive and floating on the surface with snorkel gear, then brought her to shore.
Paramedics rushed her to Maui Memorial Medical Center. The woman is a 76-year-old visitor from Reading, Pennsylvania. Her condition is unavailable.
Then, at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to a brush fire reported near Shaw Street, in Lahaina.
Lahaina firefighters arrived at 2:14 p.m. and found about an acre of grass and brush burning on the mauka side of the Lahaina Aquatic Center. A water tanker and heavy equipment from a nearby construction company were keeping the fire from spreading.
Three crews from Lahaina and Napili and two fire department water tankers responded. The fire was called contained at 2:43 p.m. Crews had not called it extinguished late Saturday, but monitored for areas still left smoldering. Just over an acre burned. Its still unclear what caused the fire.